This yummy holiday themed Ten Frame activity helps young learners “see” the numbers they are building.
When children are learning numbers and counting in school, numbers between 5 and 10 focus heavily on FIVE being the key number. The number 7, for example, is 5 and 2 more; 8 is 5 and 3 more; and so on.
Teachers sometimes use a Ten Frame, a graphic tool with 2 rows of 5, to develop this concept. Children beginning to use the Ten Frame count the top row: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and then count the bottom row: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Once they have more experience with a Ten Frame, they already know the top row is 5, so they begin counting the second row: 6, 7, 8.... They don’t need to start all the way back at 1 each time a new number is being counted.
In this Gingerbread Ten-Frame game, children can learn to recognize the numerals 1-10, represent that number with objects, and understand the concept of counting on using a row of 5 within a Ten Frame.
If you use edible counters it will double as a great snack when the game is over!