Kids will learn how to make ten with this hands-on math activity for kindergarten. It gives them practice with finding the number that makes 10 when added to a given number.
Make Ten Math Activity
This is referred to as making ten, friends of 10 or combinations to 10. No matter what you call it, this is definitely an important math skill to teach students as it builds number sense and helps with addition fluency.
Students will love these making ten cards to practice their math skills in a fun, interactive way. While using this math activity students will practice with finding the number that makes 10 when added to a given number and then recording the answer with an equation.
The free printable resource includes a card for each number 1-10. On each card, there is a ten frame that is filled in part way. Students will finish filling in the ten frame and create the math sentence to go with it.
Making 10 Cards
These engaging making 10 task cards are so easy to prep for your students, and it won’t take long to have a few sets made for your math stations or number centers.
You will need to gather some manipulatives for the students to use to complete the ten frames. I like to change them up to keep interest high. Mini erasers in a variety of themes work well.
Once you have the printable cards printed out all you need to do is cut them apart and laminate for durability. Store in a large bag or tray and you are ready to go.
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 on the cards.
Setting Up the Friends of 10 Cards
- Make Ten Cards (button to get them at the bottom of this post)
- Manipulatives like mini erasers, mini pom poms, play dough, etc.
- Dry Eraser Markers
- Print the cards. There are four cards per page.
- Laminate the cards.
- Cut the cards apart.
- Slide the cards, dry erase markers, & manipulatives in a bag or place on a tray for easy access.
Learning How to Make 10
Students will have lots of fun using this highly engaging make 10 math cards!
To begin, the child will pick a card 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 3 dots in it already. A student adds 7 mini erasers to the ten frame to get to 10. Then they write the equation 3 + 7 = 10.
This gives students lots of hands-on practice with making ten and writing number sentences to match!
Make 10 Math Printable
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 the addition problems.
Need to differentiate? No worries! You can just use the cards for numbers 1-5 first and then expand. If students aren’t ready to write the full equation, you can fill in the 10 and students can fill in the addends.
Want to try something new after they have used them for awhile? Make a goldfish-style game with the ten frame cards and have students pair the cards that match to make 10.
This making ten math activity is a fun, engaging and effective way to learn this important math skill! I hope it’s super helpful to you.
Click the box below to get your Making Ten Cards! Happy Counting!