Largest digit

A game for 2 or more players

This game gives practise of reading numbers and recognising the place value of each digit.

You will need:

  • Lollipop sticks, each with a number written on. Ideally, the digits should align when the sticks are placed beneath each other.
  • A dice (or counters) with the place value of the digits being used written on. You may need to record a value more than once if using a dice (e.g. thousands, hundreds, tens, tens, ones, ones).
  • How to play

    Each player picks a stick. One player then rolls the dice (or draws a counter from a bag) and each player checks the digit in that place on their stick. The person with the highest digit scores a point.
    E.g. If ‘hundreds’ is rolled, players check the digit in the hundreds place on their stick, so in the number 3,462 the hundreds digit is 4. If players have the same digit, or if no one has a digit in that place, the dice is rerolled (another counter is drawn).


  • This game can be played with numbers written on cards instead of lollipop sticks.
  • The player with the highest number may also score a bonus point.
  • Use lollipop sticks with decimal numbers to practise decimal place value