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 students in a fun, hands-on way!
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Beehive Puzzles for Making 10
My kids love puzzles and these Beehive Puzzles for Making 10 are no exception! There are six beehive 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). This activity is a great addition to our math centers but I also like to offer it to my early finishers to work on when they complete their other classwork.
Prep is simple. Let’s get started!
How to Prep
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. I recommend printing on cardstock if you do this, so that the puzzles are thick and not see-through. It also makes them more durable!
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How to Play
Once the puzzles are prepped and 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, choose one bee puzzle piece, count the bees, then determine how many more you need to make 10. You may want to provide a number line or fun manipulatives, like these bee erasers, for extra support.
For a challenge or extension activity, give kids mini whiteboards or scraps of paper to record the addition equations on.
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Ready to work on making 10 with these fun puzzles? Grab your free copy of the Beehive Making 10 Puzzles by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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