Making 10 is an important skill for kindergarteners to learn when they are building their addition skills. Learning to make ten is essential for adding larger numbers and decomposing numbers as well. These free printable beehive puzzles for making 10 are a great way to introduce this skill to your kindergarteners.
Making the Puzzles
To prepare the puzzles, print and laminate the PDF file below. Then cut apart the pieces.
If you wish to make the first two pieces of the puzzles self-checking, you can place a small matching sticker on the back of both pieces. Or you can draw a matching shape on the pieces before you laminate them. *It helps to print on cardstock if you do this, so that the puzzles are thick and not see-through.
There are six bee hive puzzles included. One for each of the number pairs to make ten – 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5 and 10+0.
Completing the Making 10 Puzzles
After the puzzles are ready, you can set them out face up and get ready to piece them together! For some children, it can be helpful to sort the pieces like you would other puzzles. For example, sorting the end pieces together and then the middle pieces. This can help narrow down their choices as they become familiar with the combinations of 10.
These puzzles use pictures instead of numbers for the addends, so that younger children can also use the puzzles as an introduction to addition.
To start, grab up one piece, count the bees, then think how many more you need to make 10. You could provide a number line or manipulatives (these bee erasers are fun) if you wish to help kids solve the problems.
For a challenge or extension activity, give kids mini whiteboards or scraps of paper to record the addition equations on.
Grab your Copy
Ready to work on making 10 with these fun puzzles? These puzzles are great for spring themes, learning about insects, or just for fun! Grab your copy of the Beehive Making 10 Puzzles by clicking the yellow button at the end of the post.
Then, for more making 10 fun, hop over and grab our free football making 10 game!
Need more beginning addition practice? Grab our printable addition pack!