Hands on, brains on! Use this clever number towers printable to learn about place value in teen numbers and to understand our base ten number system.
Base ten place value activities with teen number towers printable
Let’s use hands-on learning to help our children understand our base-ten number system. We’ll build math towers to get to know teen numbers, so we can really see the relationship between tens and ones.
This is a very practical, visual-spacial way to understand numbers. We’re not just expecting our children to work with an abstract system of written digits, they can feel and see how numbers are built of tens and ones.
These printables are very useful for visual-spacial learners and for children who are struggling to understand place value.
In this activity children can:
:: recognise digits of teen numbers
:: develop a understanding of our base-ten number system, working with tens and ones to make teen numbers
:: understand that teen numbers are built of one ten and an additional number of ones
:: use hands-on manipulatives to build towers to represent teen numbers
:: develop fine motor skills as they build their towers
:: Base Ten Towers printable from the NurtureStore Free Printables library – see below for details of how to access the library
:: Unit blocks, buttons or other stackable counters
Print the Base Ten Towers printable. Print on card for extra durability and no need to laminate – better for the environment.
Each card invites your child to build a number tower. Numbers 10 to 19 are included.
(Use our other Math Towers printable for numbers below ten and simple additions)
The cards give a clear visual representation of the difference between tens and ones, to help children understand that our number system is based on units of ten.
The tens square, digit and word are all shown in pink.
The ones square, digit and word are all shown in yellow.
Invite your children to use blocks or other stackable counters to build a tower on each square to make a teen number.
They’ll very clearly see that each teen number needs a tower of ten blocks in the tens place, and then a specific number of ones units.
There’s a space on the card to write in how many ones are needed to complete each teen number.
They can compare the heights of their towers to very clearly see the difference in amount between the different teen numbers.
More visual-spacial, hands-on math activities
Add these hands-on math activities to your learning to support all your children:
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