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Place Value Peanut Butter & Jelly Math Sandwiches

Build a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich for a hands on math activity to grasp the concept of place value. This is a fun, hands on activity for Kindergarten,1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students.
FREE Place Value PB and J Sandwiches - This is such a fun, clever place value games or activities for Kindergarten, 1st, first, 2nd, 3rd, or fourth grade kids. (homeschool, math games). WAY better than worksheets for teaching place value!

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Place Value Peanut Butter & Jelly Math Sandwiches

For some reason my 1st grade daughter just couldn’t seem to figure out the concept of place values. So I figured I could make a fun, hands on math activity to help her not only figure it out, but master the concept. Thismath games was a huge hit in our house! My daughter loves making the sandwiches and loves to use the knife as she’s making them. But more importantly she finally figured out place values.  Yeah!

Place Values Math Game

This easy to play free printable activity will be a hit with kids in Kindergarten –3rd grade as they learn about place values.

place values game for kids

Print the game in color. Then cut out the label and directions manila folder cover. This makes an easy way to store the activity and an easy reminder of how to play. I recommend you laminate all other pages for durability.

Note: There are two sets. You are probably fine just downloading A or B – it will give you 8 place value sandwiches to make. But in case your child really enjoys the activity or wants extra practice, you can download them both.

thousands, hundreds, tens, ones

Start out by lining up the place value mats.

  • Bread – thousands
  • Grape Jam – hundreds
  • Peanut Butter – tens
  • Bread (smaller piece) – ones

This helps kids to start to visualize how place value works.

put place value cardon mat

Now put the coordinating cards to make your sandwiches on the correct place value mat.

Place Value Sandwiches

Kids will draw a sandwich card. This is the total value of the sandwich. Now to make the sandwiches . . .

Place Value Peanut Butter & Jelly Math Sandwiches

Kids will now make their sandwiches putting the numbers in their correct place values:

  • thousands bread followed by a knife to “add” more layers
  • grape jam hundreds followed by a knife to “add” more layers
  • peanut butter tens followed by a knife to “add” more layers
  • small piece of bread ones

Children will now be able to visually see how the numbers stack up and ensure that the place values sandwich was made correctly.

place value fun for kids

My daughter thought this activity was tons of fun. Plus she quickly figured out what place values were and this translated into her math curriculum.

Watch the Directions for Place Value PB and J

Download Place Value PB & J Math Activity

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activites and FREE printables: www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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