Category Archives: Ten Frame

5 Frames used 2 ways

We have started learning simple addition, so I came up with a simple game my kiddos could use on their own to help them develop the idea of putting 2 groups together.

We first used the 5 frames and dice.  The kiddos would roll a die and place that many of one colored cube on their 5 frame.  They would then fill in the rest of the spaces with their second color.  They then turned to their partner and would say “2 blue and 3 green make 5.” Then it would be the other kiddos turn. I numbered the die from 0-5 so that they could not roll more than 5.  IMG_1106

We then played again, but instead of dice, we used spinners!  Same game, just a way to change it up a bit so it would seem new to them! 🙂  IMG_1107

We spent a day playing each of the ways mentioned above and then another two days playing the same games but with a recording sheet.  I got the recording sheets from my Math Their Way blackline masters.  It is a 1/2 page with 5 cubes linked together.  The children had to color their recording sheet to represent the cubes on their 5 frame.

The 2nd way we will be using our 5 frames is during our Literacy time next week.  Part of what we are doing to develop literacy skills is counting the number of words in sentences.  The children will each get a 5 frame and a stack of 5 cubes (none of the sentences will have more than 5 words in them).  As I say the words in the sentence, the children will place a cube on their 5 frame for each word they hear.  You could also use these to count sounds heard in words.


Two fun ways to use 5 frames! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

New Xylophone Game

I shared a week or so ago about my xylophone game that I got from somewhere a while ago. 🙂  I can’t remember where I found the game or if I made it up myself because I’ve been using it for a few years.  Anyway, I added some new work mats to our game and it helped the children to play the game in a different way.


Here is the first game mat.  We place a tile on each dot left to right, top to bottom as I ding the xylophone.

Then we played the game using the same idea with this mat:

Ten Frame

We’ve only used the top ten frame, but I didn’t want to have to re-print them later.  Same game, I just wanted the kiddos to see quantities on a ten frame and recognize that they can group their tiles into groups of 5 or 10 and not have to count them each time.

Then we switched to this mat:

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I wanted to do the same thing as the last mat, but I thought it would be good to match our tiles with a number and then they could see a quantity.  When we used this mat, we counted each number as we placed a tile on it:

“ding”, “one”, “ding”, “two”, “ding”, “three”, etc…

Kristen 🙂

Dollar Tree Finds/Target Dollar Spot

You know how I love the Dollar Store and Target’s Dollar Spot!  (Who doesn’t??).  I found these great table scatter hearts at the Dollar Tree along with the glittery hearts.  I’m going to use them along with my I Love Math! pack to pattern and compose numbers on the ten frames.

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The hearts are thick plastic and there are 60 or so in each pack, plenty enough to split them up for at least two different activities.  I put them in one of my old Olive Garden plastic containers (LOVE them!!) and the kids will be able to pick out the hearts they need. 🙂

I can also use the glitter hearts with the pack and I like that they can use either type of hearts. 🙂

I also found these cute conversation hearts in the Dollar Spot at Target. Sorry that the picture is sideways. 🙂

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I put a patterning activity in my I Love Math pack as well and these will be great!  They are stickers, so I think I might just not say anything to my kids about that and see what happens, but I might also mount them on paper and cut them out. 🙂  100 hearts are PLENTY for a few kiddos to pattern with and to work on my “How Many More to 10?” game.  I might go get some more of these so we can decorate our Valentine’s Day bags. 🙂

What else could you use these cute hearts for?

Kristen 🙂

Gingerbread Man Ten Frame

I’ve just uploaded a new activity for the ten frame incorporating the gingerbread man to my Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s store!  It’s a 10 page activity that comes with everything you need; recording sheets, manipulatives, and playing cards.  Click the picture below to check it out for yourself!


Kristen 🙂

Another Table Scatter activity!

I made a ten frame table scatter activity to go with the cards I posted earlier in the week:

You can get it at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!


Kristen 🙂

Ten Frame BINGO

Hi All!

I’ve just posted a new game I’ve been working on for 2 days on my TeachersPayTeachers store:

You can play 3 different levels of BINGO with this set. The first 5 cards only use the numbers 1-5 (represented on Ten Frames), the next five cards use the Ten Frames 6-10, and the last 10 cards use the numbers 1-10 combined!

Click the picture or link above to go there!  I can’t wait to use this game with my kindergarten kids!


Kristen 🙂

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