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!
*Pair with our Snow Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten
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! They are 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.
How to Prep
This activity is the definition of easy-prep. Simply print out the addition mats, grab some marshmallows, and you’re all set to go! I recommend laminating the mats for durability and repeated use.
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.
How to Play
In my small group, we each took turns drawing a mug from a pile in the center of the table. We then read the addition equation to see what we needed to build.
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!
RELATED RESOURCE: Addition Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten
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