As the holidays approach, the holiday candy has definitely take over the aisles of the grocery store. The rainbow colored gumdrops have left in favor of a festive array of reds and greens. As soon as I saw the gumdrops, I knew they would make a super fun learning activity (and a tasty treat!) These gumdrop ten frame cards are a fun math center for kids to work on counting, one to one correspondence, and even decomposing numbers.
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Counting Gumdrop Ten Frame Cards
These cards are quick and easy to prepare. Simply print them out, laminate, grab some manipulatives, and you are ready to go!
I chose to play with real gumdrops because it can be a fun and different addition to our normal activities, but you could also play with mini erasers, play dough, or any other small items.
Kids pick one of the ten frame cards, read the number and number word, then count out that many gumdrops onto the ten frame.
Having the number word as well as the numeral on the card gives us some much needed practice on reading and recognizing number words by sight.
The cards go through the number 10, but you can also use them for addition practice and give kids an opportunity to work with decomposing numbers.
For example, “using BOTH red and green gumdrops, show me how you can make 5. How many red did you use? How many green?”
This higher level thinking is great for kids who already have one to one correspondence down and are ready to work on addition and subtraction. This will let them see the variety of ways in which numbers can be made.
You can also ask, “Can you make the number a different way?” for an extra challenge.
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Ready to count some gumdrops of your own? Grab your copy of the gumdrop ten frame cards by clicking the yellow button at the end of the post.
Then, since a gumdrop’s best friend is the gingerbread man, hop over and grab our fun and festive gingerbread math and literacy centers!