Get your class engaged with this hands-on base-ten activity for learning about place value for the hundreds, ten, and ones (units) places.

Butterfly base ten

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Materials for the Butterfly Base Ten Manipulatives

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Tape
These themed base-ten manipulatives make learning place value so much fun! This set has a different part of the plant life cycle for each place value. So cool!
These themed base-ten manipulatives make learning place value so much fun! This set has a different part of the chicken life cycle for each place value. So cool!

This resource has identical content to my Chicken Life Cycle Base-Ten Manipulatives and Plant Life Cycle Base-Ten Manipulatives. The only difference is the theme.

Two levels are included: Ten & Ones (units) Hundreds, Tens and & Ones (units)

This resource can be used as a whole-class activity or a center activity.

Students will draw one card from each container: hundreds, tens, and ones (or tens and ones alone, depending on the level you are teaching) and demonstrate the number with the farm-themed base-ten blocks.

For added fun, you can do this on a “sticky wall” which is simply contact paper taped to the wall with the sticky side facing out. Otherwise, you can simply do this on a table or the floor.

I have also included cloud and sun faces to create crowns while using this as a whole class activity. See the preview for a comprehensive view of what is included.

There are 32 cards for each level of learning. (For the hundreds a set of 8 cards is included for numbers like 100, 200, 300, so that students can visualize these numbers.)

This resource can be used as a whole-class activity or a center activity.

Students will draw one card from each container: hundreds, tens, and ones (or tens and ones alone, depending on the level you are teaching) and demonstrate the number with the farm-themed base-ten blocks.

For added fun, you can do this on a “sticky wall” which is simply contact paper taped to the wall with the sticky side facing out. Otherwise, you can simply do this on a table or the floor.

Contents for the Butterfly Life Cycle Base Ten Manipulatives:

  • Pages 5-6: Cloud and sun faces for fun crowns
  • Page 7: Base-ten blocks for teaching tens and ones
  • Page 8: Container labels for Place-value for tens and ones only
  • Page 9: Base-ten blocks for teaching hundreds, tens and ones (You will need 9 copies of this page.)
  • Pages 10: Container labels for place-value numbers for hundreds, tens and ones
  • Pages 11-13: Place value numbers (If you are teaching only tens and ones, you will not need page 12.)
  • Pages 14-16: Cards for use in centers or as an alternative to the place-value numbers. (for tens & ones only)
  • Page 17: Recording sheet for tens & ones center
  • Pages 18-20: Cards for use in centers or as an alternative to the place-value numbers.
  • Page 21: Recording sheets for hundreds, tens & ones center.
  • Pages 22-23: Alternate container labels for curricula calling for hundreds, tens and units.

This resource has identical content to my Farm-theme Base-Ten Activities for Place Value. The only difference is the theme.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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