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3-digit Number Sorting

15 min1 participant

Comparison of 3-digit numbers to determine place value. Create strategy to manipulate and organize bricks.

Let's play!

1.     Read the 4 three-digit numbers on the base plate.

2.     Move each 3-digit number to the bottom of the base plate from the lowest to the highest number.

How to prepare

•   1 base plate

•   All the number bricks

•   1 number sign brick

Place the number sign brick in the top left corner of the base plate to indicate the bricks are numbers.

Write 4 three-digit numbers on the base plate.

Facilitation tips

•    Ask “How are you going to organize this task?”

•   Reference to the original 4 numbers can be helpful (an identically arranged base plate).

Possible variations

•   Change the numbers of digits.

•   Change the number of numbers.

•   Mix the number of digits.

•   Suggest pointing instead of moving bricks.

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Children will develop these holistic skills


  • Use numbers to count, organize, locate, compare: Compare and order numbers; use <, > and = signs, round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000; count backwards (including negative numbers; numbers with up to two decimal places


  • Learn through action, observation, analysis of personal action and observed activity: Learn by trial and error, cause and effects


  • Engage in solitary play activities for an ability appropriate amount of time


  • Identify consequences of behaviors in social interactions


  • Anticipate potential problems, identify steps for resolution including alternative solutions

Did you know?

•   Active participation by children in learning activities, develops their abilities to collect and process acquired knowledge, analyze and handle problems, communicate and cooperate with others. 

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