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Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches Place Value Activity

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, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students.

FREE PB & J Place Value Games - this is such a fun mah activity to help kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd graders practice place value while having fun! THis educational learning activity is perfect for grade 1 and grade 2 math! #placevalue #grade1math #mathactivity #mathprintable #2ndgrade

Place Value Games

For some reason my 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. This math game was a huge hit in our house! My daughter loves making the peanut butter and jelly math game, but more importantly she finally figured out place values.  Yeah!

This is a fun activity to try on April 2nd for National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! You might also want to try our


Place Value Games to Print

This easy to play, free printable math activity will give kindergartenters, first graders, and 2nd graders lots of FUN place value practice. Whether you are a classroom teacher looking to add to math center, a parent looking for extra math practice or a peanut butter and jelly theme, or a homeschooler reinforcing a concept from your child’s math curriculum, you will love this fun activity!

low prep Place Value Games to Print and store in file folder

Start out by grabbing the free printable by scrolling to the bottom of the post and clicking on text link, unter the terms of use, that says  >> Download <<. The pdf file will open and you can print and save the printable math activity.

Now print the peanut butter and jelly math 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 / wants extra practice or you have multiple students completing the activity, you can download them both.

thousands, hundreds, tens, ones

Place Value Interactive Games

Start out by lining up the place value mats.

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

This helps children to start to visualize how place value works. We just love this place value games 2nd grade or even place value games 4th grade because you can decide to do simpler numbers or larger numbers in the thousands – the choice is yours!

fun and engaging Place Value Interactive Games for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, adn 4th grade students

Now, to set-up you place value games for kids, put the coordinating ingredient cards to make your sandwiches on the correct place value mat.

Super cute Peanut butter and jelly themd game for teaching place value in grade 2 math, grade 3 math, and grade 4 math

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

engaging and memorable Place Value Activity perfect for teaching math to students

Place Value Activity

Kids will now make their sandwiches by 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

As they complete the place value activites – children will be able to visually see how the numbers stack up and ensure that the place values sandwich was made correctly.

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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.

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Teaching Place Value

Take a peak at how you can use this printable to teach place value to students.

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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! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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