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Ice Cream Base 10 Math Puzzles


Understanding base 10 and place value is an important foundational skill for building up solid number sense and problem solving. We had a blast working on this skill with these free Ice Cream Base 10 Math Puzzles! They’re perfect for adding some summer-themed fun into your Kindergarten math centers!

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

Count up the base 10 blocks on the ice cream scoops and match them to their cones with these fun and free Ice Cream Base 10 Puzzles!

Ice Cream Base 10 Math Puzzles

In my class, we have really become strong at identifying and naming numbers. However, understanding quantity and place value are skills that are at times, a bit trickier.

For example, knowing the number 27 and counting 27 items is different than knowing that 27 is made up of 2 tens and 7 ones.

So, like we do whenever we are learning and exploring something knew, we tackled it head on with an engaging learning activity. These fun base 10 math puzzles are exactly what we needed!

Print, laminate, and cut the ice cream base 10 math puzzles for reuse and durability.

How to Prep

I printed out these ice cream base 10 math puzzles (download below) and cut them apart. I laminated them to keep them sturdy, which also means I can save them and use them year after year.

This game has a variety of numbers to 100, so you could choose which to use, depending on the abilities of your kids.

Teacher Tip: I like to get out our base 10 block manipulatives to reinforce the learning by having students model each number.

This activity comes with base 10 ice cream scoop cards and number ice cream cone cards for matching.

How to Play

I started by playing this game in my small groups. I placed the ice cream “scoops” in a small basket for us to draw from, and then I spread out the “cones” so that we could see the numbers on them.

We each took turns drawing a scoop. We counted up the base 10 blocks together, helping each other as needed. Once we knew the quantity on the scoop, we hunted for the matching number cone and put them together.

We kept playing until all of the cones had been matched!

This activity includes base 10 math puzzles with a variety of numbers to 100.

After playing it in small groups, my kids knew the routine and I left it out as an independent math center for even more practice!

You could even make it a self-checking math center by writing the number on the back of the scoops. Kids match them up, then turn the scoops over to see if they are correct!

Grab Your FREE Copy

Ready for some base 10 fun? Grab your free copy of the Ice Cream Base 10 Math Puzzles by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!

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