With summer nearly here, ice cream is definitely on the brain! Since most all kids love ice cream, I love to harness its power into fun learning activities, like these 0-10 ten frame ice cream puzzles. This ten frame number match game is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners to work on beginning counting and subitizing.
Ice Cream Ten Frame Number Match
To get the game ready, I printed out the cones and scoops (below) and then laminated them so that I can reuse them each year.
Then I cut them out and placed them in a small bin (you could put them in a zip top bag too) for kids to play with during math workshop time.
I usually play with groups first to introduce a new game, and this one was definitely a hit. Of course, we had to share our favorite ice cream flavors first before we could move forward, and it was decided that these green cones were all mint flavored.
To get started, we ordered the ice cream cones on the table from 0-10. Then we placed all the scoops in a pile and took turns picking one up and identifying the number shown in the ten frame. After identifying how many, it was time to match it up with its cone!
This game works on beginning counting, but also subitizing as well (recognizing a set and identifying how many without counting). So, while at first kids may need to point and count the dots “1….2….3,” with practice and time they will start to see 3 in a ten frame and instantly say “3!!”
Grab Your Copy
Ready to match up those ten frames? Grab your own set of ice cream cones and scoops from 0-10 by clicking the yellow button below.
Then, hop over and grab our ice cream counting mats for even more fun with numbers, or scroll down and check out even more ice cream activities and printables!
More Ice Cream Fun
Got ice cream on the brain? Check out these super cool ideas from some of my favorite kid bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Ice Cream Skip Counting Puzzles // The STEM Laboratory
Ice Cream Bean Bag Tutorial // Sugar Aunts
Ice Cream Felt Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
ABC Ice Cream Matching Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Ice Cream Sundae Money Addition // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Write and Wipe Addition Cards // Playdough to Plato
Ice Cream Counting Playdough Mats // Modern Preschool
Ice Cream Ten Frame Number Match // The Kindergarten Connection
Ice Cream Cup and Ball Game // Adventures of Adam
Ice Cream Pattern Cards // Simply Learning
Ice Cream Money Matching Game // The Simplified Classroom
Build an Ice Cream Sundae | Money Math Practice for Kids // Science Kiddo
Ice Cream Digraph Sort // The Letters of Literacy
Ice Cream Scoop and Balance Game // Play & Learn Everyday
Ice Cream Number Matching Puzzles // Fairy Poppins