Play Plan

Play Plan : Last Man Standing

General Information

  • Numeracy concept: Place value
  • Card deck: Children’s cards or standard cards (as per the child’s play level)
  • Prerequisites: Counting, number recognition
  • Play arena: Standard
  • Number of players: 4 or more

Game Overview and Basic Rules for Play

In order to reinforce the concept of place value concept, this game involves distributing the cards to the children and they have to form the 3 or 4 digit number and keep all the cards face down. The facilitator should call out numbers and their values. For example: “8 in ten’s place,” or “5 in hundreds place.” The child whose cards match the clue is out of the game. The game continues until there is only 1 person left in the game, who becomes the last man standing.

Play Session Plans:

Session 1:

  • Remove the face cards from the pack.
  • Distribute 3 cards to each child.
  • Ask the children to make any 3 digit number with the cards. For example, the cards 3, 5, and 8 can make the numbers 358, 853, 583, 385, 583, 385, etc.
  • The facilitator should call out numbers and their place values. For example: “8 in ten’s place,” or “5 in hundred’s place.”
  • Also ensure that they do not shuffle up their cards or get confused with the places.
  • The child whose cards match the clue is out of the game.
  • The game continues until there is only 1 person left in the game, who becomes the last man standing.

Session 2:

  • In this session, facilitator should not be involved to call out the numbers, instead ask one of the child apart from participants who is in the game.
  • Also make sure that the one who is calling out the number with its place value should not see the numbers.
  • Session 3:
  • The game can be modified to teach different place values. Distribute 4 cards to play with thousands place.
  • Similarly, as per the grade and the number of digits they can play this game to reinforce the concept of place value.