Gingerbread Making Ten Math Activity

Grab this gingerbread making ten math activity for hands-on practice with friends of ten this holiday season. It’s perfect for math centers!

Free printable gingerbread theme making ten math activity for practice with friends of 10 in kindergarten.

Gingerbread Making Ten Math Activity

Making ten is also called friends of ten, partners of ten, and combinations of ten. No matter what you call it, this is an essential foundational math skill for young students. It builds number sense and helps with addition fluency.

The kids will love these making ten cards to practice their math skills in a fun, interactive way. While using this math activity students will practice finding the number that makes 10 when added to a given number and then record the answer with an equation.

This free printable includes a card for each number 0-10. You will find a ten frame filled part way on each card. Students have to finish filling in the ten frame to determine the math sentence that goes with it.

Gingerbread math activity for practice with friends of ten this holiday season.

Number Sense Activity for Your Gingerbread Theme

These gingerbread making 10 task cards are so easy to prep for your kids, and it won’t take long to have a few sets made for your math stations or number centers.

To use them, you will need a few manipulatives for the students to use to fill in the ten frames. Change it up using mini erasers, dry-erase markers, counters, and more! You can find fun-themed items at the Dollar Store or Target!

Once you have printed the cards, cut them out and laminate them for durability, if you would like. Store them in a large bag, tray, or photo bin.

Another option that requires even less prep is to slide a whole sheet of four cards into a write-and-wipe pocket and use dry-erase markers to write the number sentences on the cards.

Gingerbread number sense math activity for practice finding the number that makes 10 when added to a given number.

Setting Up Making Ten Math Cards

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Supplies Needed:

  • Make Ten Cards (button to get them at the bottom of this post)
  • Manipulatives like mini erasers, mini pom poms, play dough, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Dry Eraser Markers


  1. Print the cards. There are three cards per page.
  2. Laminate the cards.
  3. Cut the cards apart.
  4. Slide the cards, dry-erase markers, & manipulatives in a bag or place on a tray for easy access.
A fun gingerbread number sense activity for Christmas.

Learning Friends of Ten

Students will have lots of fun using this highly engaging make 10 math cards!

To begin, the child will pick a card from the pile and count on to fill up the rest of the ten frame. They will do this with a small manipulative of your choosing. Then, they will write a number sentence to match.

For example, the ten frame has four dots in it already. A student adds six mini erasers to the ten frame to get to 10. Then, they write the equation 4 + 6 = 10.

This gives students lots of hands-on practice with making ten and writing number sentences to match!

Free printable gingerbread theme math activity for kindergarten math centers.

Partners of Ten Math Activity

If you don’t want to use small manipulatives, try using a dry-erase marker for students to fill in the ten frames. They can work on their pencil grasp, drawing circles, and writing addition problems.

There are tons of ways to differentiate this activity! You can use the cards for numbers 1-5 first and then expand when students are ready.

Gingerbread theme math centers activity.

If students aren’t ready to write the whole equation, you can fill in the 10, and students can fill in the addends. Or you can fill in the addend that is already shown on the card and students can fill in the missing addend.

Making ten math activities a fun, engaging, and effective way to learn this critical math skill! I hope it’s super helpful for you and your students.

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