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Counting Gumdrops Ten Frame Cards

As the holidays approach, the holiday candy has definitely taken over the aisles of the grocery store. The rainbow colored gumdrops have left in favor of a festive array of reds and greens. These counting gumdrops ten frame cards are a perfect addition to your holiday math centers! They are a great way for kids to work on counting, one to one correspondence, and even decomposing numbers! Best of all – we get a yummy candy treat when we’re all done!

*Pair with our December Kindergarten Printables Bundle

Counting Gumdrop Ten Frame Cards

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 quick and easy to prepare. Simply print them out, laminate, grab some manipulatives, and you are ready to go!

If you prefer not to use real gumdrops, mini erasers or pom poms make a great alternative!

I chose to play with real gumdrops because it can be a fun and different addition to our normal activities!

How to Use the Ten Frame Cards

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.

Ready to count some gumdrops of your own? Grab your copy of the gumdrop ten frame cards by clicking the large, yellow button at the end of the post!