DIY place value mats

As a new teacher, I love finding easy/effective things to use in my classroom. For this reason alone, I feel the need to share with you... DIY Place Value Mats! A wonderful teacher at my school shared them with me and I am so grateful for her. These are so easy and you will want to make them first thing tomorrow morning! ;)

These Place Value Mats are made with one large sheet of construction paper (12 x 18") with a middle section (12 x 6") glued on top, in the middle. Then all you have to do is place titles at the top of each section and laminate. I actually had a parent volunteer put these all together (gotta love those volunteers)!

I love how they are so BIG and easy for my students to use!

We have used these mats over and over and OVER again! 
My students keep the blocks in their desks, so it isn't a lot of hassle to get them out.

Click the image below to download the titles for each section:

How do you teach place value to your students?

Do you notice anything different about my blog?? ;)


  1. So cute! I'm guessing you did it, right? UGhhhh...stop being so good at everything! :) LOVE IT! and I love the place value mats!


  2. Love the new design! Wanna do mine?! ;) I'm so having a parent make these for me. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Sara Beth

    P.S. I gave you a shout-out on my teacher blog. :)

  3. Thanks for the idea! I'll be doing these tomorrow!

  4. Love the new design. What are the little containers the kids keep the place value blocks in?
    2B Honey Bunch

  5. Love the new blog design!

  6. Cute new blog design!! I will also be having my para make some PV mats this morning.

  7. Love the new look :)


  8. Come on over to my blog - gave you a shout out. THANKS bunches for all that you share and inspire! :)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  9. Gorgeous new design!! I love how it's reminiscent of your previous look! These place value mats rock...I'm going to make some longer ones for my 5th graders. Thank you!!! :)

  10. I know I love these! I made mine my first year teaching first grade and I use it for EVERYTHING. I do not put labels on them because I use it for addition or sorts. Using permanent marker, I would write the labels or number sentence. It depends what I am using them for and then I just wipe them off.

    Love the new design, too!

    First Grade School Box

  11. OMG! I loved the old blog design but I am totally in love with this one too!

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  12. @Ericka: Those are just little containers I came across! They have a black base and a clear lid. We also use them to organize their blocks while we are using them so they don't fall on the floor! I wish I knew where I got them!

  13. Love the mats! What kind of containers are your kids keeping their tens and ones in???
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  14. I passed the Sunshine Award along to you. I teach kindergarten but I love seeing what other teachers are doing and how it fits with what I do.


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  16. Love the new design! Wanna do mine?! ;)


thanks for the love ♥

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