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Acorn 10 Frame Math Puzzles

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Autumn is just around the corner, and I am dreaming of cooler days and the leaves changing colors. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I wish it could be fall all year long. Does anyone else agree? Your students will love these free Acorn 10 Frame puzzles. Fall-themed activities are always a hit and you can use them all season long!

*Pair with our Fall Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

These free printable Acorn 10 Frame math puzzles and recording sheet are perfect for a fall-themed Pre-K or Kindergarten math center activity!

Acorn 10 Frame Math Puzzles

We have been using these 10 frame puzzles as a morning basket activity for preschool and they are perfect for number and counting review. 

They also make the perfect morning work or center activity for both Pre-K and Kindergarten.

Set up is easy! Simply print, laminate for durability, and cut out around the whole puzzle. Then cut them down the center of the card along the dotted line so you have two pieces.

Print, laminate for durability, and cut out around the whole puzzle. Then cut them down the center of the card along the dotted line.

Ways to Play

Like I mentioned above, we have been using these 10 frame math puzzles in our morning basket.

Our morning basket is a small basket of simple activities and stories that we sit down and do every day right after breakfast. Morning basket is a peaceful and calm way to start our day and is great for reviewing skills that we have been learning.

I simply store the puzzles in a sandwich baggie and we get them out and put them together.

Students will be able to check their own work with these puzzles because they are self-correcting.

Each puzzle, #1-10 only has one match so students will know if they have correctly matched the number and 10 frame pieces.

Place the pieces in a basket for students to pull from to find the ten frame matches.

You can give students all of the pieces at one time and have them match the squirrel number card to the acorn 10 frame card, or you can start them off with a smaller group of numbers.

This will allow your students the opportunity to master the concept of the activity without getting overwhelmed. Switch out the cards once they have completed the first set. Or add in additional cards as they continue until they have completed all of the cards.

Once a puzzle is matched, students will go to the recording sheet, fill in a 10 frame, and write the number on the line.

Once a puzzle is matched, students will go to the recording sheet, fill in a 10 frame, and write the number on the line.

Over the last several months of using our 10 Frame math puzzle sets, my 4-year-old daughter has become more confident in identifying numbers, counting, and understanding how a 10 frame works.

She can quickly and easily identify numbers five and over because she has learned that the entire top row equals five, and then she can just count on from there.

I love the numerous learning opportunities and self-discovery that can happen with such a simple activity!

We use crayons to color the ten frames and write the number on the recording sheet for some added fun.

Extension Activities:

  1. Use manipulatives to fill in the 10 frame side of the cards to work on one-to-one correspondence.
  2. Laminate the cards and use a dry erase marker to trace the number side of the card.
  3. Use stickers or other manipulatives to fill in the 10 frames and write numbers on the recording sheets.
  4. Use acorn manipulatives to count out the correct number of acorns under each of the squirrel number cards.

Grab Your FREE Copy

Ready to practice number recognition and counting? Grab your free copy of the Acorn 10 Frame math puzzles by clicking the large, yellow download button below! Click Here to Download Your Printable

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