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Learning to add and subtract is an important part of building up number sense in the primary grades. There are many strategies and techniques that kids learn along the way to help them further develop their number sense, and one of them is to quickly know their sums of 10. Being able to quickly make a 10 is a foundational concept in early mathematics and will help students greatly as they move further along in math concepts. We make it fun through engaging songs about 10, games, activities, and engaging printables like these robot sums of 10 puzzles!
Robot Sums of 10 Puzzles
Prepping these sums of 10 math puzzles for our math center bins was super easy.
I just printed them out, laminated them, and cut each set in half on the solid lines.
These puzzles are self-correcting, meaning that each pair has a different line and will only fit together when paired up correctly!
This is great for helping kids really learn their sums of 10, as when they try pairs they will not be able to just randomly put pieces together, but rather only the correct matches will work.
So, even if they are having a hard time and just trying to find the ones that fit by the piece style instead of the numbers, their brain will still be seeing the right pairs and giving them exposure to the matches of 10. That’s a win in my book!
My kids are pretty familiar with puzzles as we use them a lot, so I was able to explain the directions and set this up in a bin, checking in with a few kids at a time if needed.
Some kids had different strategies, including looking for matches they knew right away (5+5, 10+0, 9+1) sort of like the process of elimination, where others just had all the pieces spread out around them and pulled pieces at random, thinking and looking for their pairs.
No matter how they chose to go about it, they were practicing their sums of 10, and I heard some “bee boop, beeps” of the robot sound effects, too!
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More Robot-Themed Fun
Have a robot fan? Then you will want to check out this awesome lineup of robot-themed learning activities from some of my favorite kids activities bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Name Puzzle Robot // Still Playing School
Robot Coloring Matching Clip Cards // Modern Preschool
Robot Sensory Writing Tray // Fun-A-Day!
Beginning Blends Robot Puzzles // Mom Inspired Life
Robot Preposition Posters // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Free Robot Bingo // Powerful Mothering
Robot Sums of Ten Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Counting with Robots // Teach Me Mommy
Robot Subtraction Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Robot Coverall Game // Recipe for Teaching
Robot CVC Word Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Robot Reading Buddy // Play and Learn Every Day
Robot Beginning Digraph Puzzles // Letters of Literacy
Robot Digraph Scratch // Adventures and Play
Robot Rhyming Mats // Fairy Poppins
Robot Addition Cards // Playdough to Plato
Robot Pattern Task Box Activities // My Creative Inclusion
Robot Beginning Sound Match // Sara J. Creations
Painting Brush Bot (Not Shown) // Schooling a Monkey