Mini sticker ten frames coming in hot with my Kindergartener!
Over the years, I’ve learned there are two ways to do just about any kid’s activity. The options are GIANT or mini. With that, I bring you the mini sticker ten frames!
My Kindergartener enjoyed these so much that they are now hanging on his bedroom wall.
Shocked a simple math activity can do this? Yeh, me too. But here we are headed to bed, staring at ten frames proudly hanging on the wall aside from his bed.
What is a ten frame?
I know, we didn’t grow up with something called a ten frame.
A ten frame is a two-by-five rectangular frame that helps create a visual for numbers 1-10.
Children add counters, or in this case, stickers, to represent what the number looks like in the ten frames.
But that’s not all a ten frame teaches children!
Ten frames not only help us better understand WHAT the number two looks like, but it also helps children see how MANY MORE stickers would be needed to equal ten.
If a child places two stickers on a ten frame and notices eight boxes empty, they are up for the addition fact 2+8=10 down the road.
See that? Whoa! Ten frames are some pretty robust conversations about math that helps set them up for success!
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Can you introduce mini sticker ten frames to preschoolers?
Absolutely! I also like to begin small.
When working with my four-year-old, I will first show him cards 1-5.
Keep in mind; younger students have a shorter attention span. Activities will need to be completed in shorter amounts of time and maybe throughout the day.
I want my preschooler to have a strong sense of numbers 1-5 before moving on. Then, when we finish the mini sticker ten frames, we will continue to ten frames with numbers 11-20.
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Let’s make these ten frames!
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- Paper – here I used colored printing paper
- Markers – I keep a pack of these for myself!
- Dot stickers
First, make ten, ten frames.
Next, label them 1-10, including the number word.
Finally, invite your preschooler or Kindergartener to begin!
REMEMBER – If it feels overwhelming, scale the activity down to numbers 1-5 on the first day and 6-10 the following!
We love counting activities!
You can see that when we look closely at numbers, we can play in various ways.
Try these counting activities next:
- Tape, Toddlers, and Toys
- Preschool Heart Memory Count
- Domino Kindergarten Addition Track – a favorite!