It’s getting a little chilly outside, and ’tis the season for hot chocolate! Even if you live where it never gets too cold, hot chocolate seems to be a go-to treat in the winter months. We are having a blast with some fun winter themed learning activities lately, like practicing addition to ten with these hot chocolate ten frame addition mats.
Hot Chocolate Ten Frame Addition Mats
I love simple prep math centers that also provide hands-on fun. These addition mats are just the thing!
I printed them out and laminated them, and then added them to a math center bin to use with the class.
We play with marshmallows because, well – hot chocolate! However, if you have concerns about giving out food items, you could also play with winter themed erasers, beads, or you could even have kids draw “marshmallows” using dry erase markers.
In my group, we each pulled a mug and read the addition equation to see what we needed to build.
This is a great introduction to addition because there is no pressure to write an answer or solve – it’s strictly counting out each part and creating the whole.
We first picked 3+3, so we placed 3 marshmallows down, and then 3 more. I still have many kids who want to start at 1 and then count from 1 to see how many, so we practice together counting on from the first set and saying “3….. 4, 5, 6.” 3+3=6!
We kept pulling mugs and building equations, getting lots of practice. This game can last quite awhile – there are 20 mugs with equations included in the download.
The kids love the idea of “marshmallow math” – and I love that they are having fun!
Grab Your Copy
Got some marshmallows handy? Snag your manipulative of choice and then get ready to practice addition ten by clicking the yellow button below to download.
Then, for TONS of ready to go, print and play winter math games, grab our winter math and literacy centers!