Place Value Activities Place Value Sandcastle Craft

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This was a great activity as we wrapped up the school year remotely. It got my kids excited for the summer and they loved making different sandcastle creations!


Put some “Woo Hoo!” into studying place value, by creating a super-cute Place Value Sandcastle. Truly a ton of fun!

This is a wonderful craftivity for both the end of the year, as a fun way to reinforce lessons learned, and also works well for summer school, as well as for back to school when you want to refresh, review and assess where your students are concerning their knowledge of place value.

Teacher Comments:

  • “I used this resource as an end of the year craft and for students to review place value at the same time. My students really enjoyed this craft!”
  • “Very cute craft! I used it for my summer class and the students absolutely LOVED it!”
  • “Using and displaying for back to school. I really like the variety of options to choose from (up to 4 digit numbers). There’s much more included than I was expecting. Glad I made the purchase.”

The craft is a super-fun alternative to worksheets; however, I’ve also included some of those, for extra practice and as an assessment tool.

Completed projects turn out really cute and make an outstanding bulletin board or hallway display.

I’ve included a variety of posters to help decorate and add extra pizzazz, or use them as an interesting way to introduce the lesson and grab students' attention.

You’re sure to get lots of compliments, as the results definitely have that “Wow!” factor; especially if you do the “sand names”.

Be sure and click on the PREVIEW to see lots of samples.

The packet is very versatile with quite a few options for your students to choose from, which allows you to diversify your lesson.

Designing a sandcastle is appealing to a variety of ages and abilities.

The versatility allows younger kiddos, as well as older students, to create a sandcastle that will have a two, three or even 4-digit number value!

Beginners work on 1s & 10s, while older kiddos design with 1s, 10s & 100s. I’ve also included worksheets for 4-digit numbers, so that older students can work with 1,000s.

Keep things simple for little ones and limit the number of pieces and options, while challenging older students to create a bigger value for their sandcastle.

Once children have finished their PVS they figure out the value of their sandcastle.

I’ve provided several worksheet options for students to complete.

Besides the place value sandcastles, I’ve also included 2 options for a seashell, “counting castle” for little ones.

Limited time? This makes a super-fun homework assignment, or another idea is to have students work with a partner or create one PVS in a small group of three, which will divide up the work.

Here’s a fun challenge: Give the small group a total sandcastle value, and see how close they can get to hitting that number.

For a super-fun math center, print a variety of sandcastle pieces & flags on construction paper or card stock. Laminate and trim.

Students can design a sandcastle, then figure out the value, writing that number on the flag using a dry erase marker. When they’re done, take a photograph.

Put the pictures in an album along with their place value worksheet.

The same can be done with the seashell sandcastles as well.

I’ve included covers for your album(s).

I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy making a Place Value Sandcastle, as much as I did.

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