Chapter 1

Place value

Number criteria

Number criteria is a great game for ordering three digits from a choice of five to meet different number criteria.

Suitable for



  • To read and write numbers with three digits.
  • Know what each digit represents in terms of its place and face value.


  • A game for two players


  • Paper and pencils
  • Digit cards 0–9, number dice
  • Number criteria grid

What to do

  • Organise children into pairs and give them each a copy of the Number criteria grid shown here.
  • Players shuffle a set of digit cards and deal out five.
  • For each round, players look at their five cards and select three to match the criteria. For example, one player may have the following cards 9 7 2 1 8 and another player may have ...

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