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Help the impala beat the leopard!

This is an activity about place value, to warm you up for adding and subtracting large numbers.


You can play with a partner, or by yourself to see if the impala or the leopard wins.


Draw 2 sets of 4 squares next to each other (to fit 4-digit numbers in). Take it in turns to roll a die and write the number you roll in one of your 4 boxes. The person with the largest 4-digit number wins that round. Think carefully about where you place your digits – will the impala survive or become dinner?! 


Once you’ve got the hang of that version, you can make it extra challenging by letting the person who rolls place the number in any box, including their partner’s.