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Want to help your students master making 10? Check out these engaging fall activities designed to help your students explore adding to 10.

Want to help your students master making 10? Check out these engaging fall activities designed to help your students explore adding to 10.

It was a simple question. One I was sure he would know the answer to. Yet there he stood, giving me that look. The look that means I have no clue, and I don’t remember where to start to figure it out.

With that look, I knew we needed to step back and spend some time on this concept. He needed to know how to make 10. Needed to know what expressions equal 10, and if he couldn’t remember he needed to remember how to use his strategies.

Knowing all that we needed to accomplish I created six activities for him to work on throughout the week. Six activities that would be fun and engaging, but let him practice over and over adding to 10.

Here’s what we did.

Ten Frames


 I love 10 frames. They are an awesome way for children to learn number recognition and help them begin to develop subtilizing skills. When a child is able to subtilize, they have the ability to quickly tell how many there are.

With repeated exposure to ten frames, students can go from quickly recognizing a number, to figuring out simple expressions.

With this in mind, I started off the week having my kindergartner fill in 10 frames with two different pictures and create equations. Not only is this a great hands-on way to work on adding to 10, but it served as a reference guide for him too.

Number Puzzles

This activity required some prep work, but my kindergartner had fun with it…and we have already done them numerous times.

All you need to do is print off the number puzzles on card stock paper, cut out, and then laminate. Now the pieces are ready for the children to use.

The children have a simple goal of creating puzzles that equal 10. My little man started by putting one side of all the puzzles together. Next, he would count the pictures on the side he connected, for example, he would count the four acorns. Then he would begin looking for a picture that had six objects on it. At first, he used his 10 frames to help him solve, then I taught him how to count up (love how This Reading Mama teaches it) and toward the end of the week, he was able to do many of them from memory.

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Equal or Not Equal To 10


Unfortunately, this is another activity that requires a little prep work. I printed off the leaves on card stock, glued the trees into a file folder, and laminated everything.

This center is now ready for multiple uses and is uncomplicated. If an expression equal 10, then they put that leaf on the tree that says equal 10. If the expression does not equal 10, well it goes on the other tree.

Which Pumpkin Equals 10?

Ready for an activity that only requires a crayon? This activity is similar to the tree center. The children color in the pumpkins that equal 10 to make their way through the maze of pumpkins. It is an easy, independent activity that lets you know if your students are starting to recognize which numbers you can use when adding to 10.


Adding to 10 Game


Want a simple game to be able to pull out to keep the making 10 expressions fresh? This game is also a no-prep game…which is nice after cutting out leaves and puzzles!

Simply print the game, grab a die, LEGO, or other stacking cubes, and you are ready to play.


  1. Players stack up two blocks and then roll the die. They move up that many spaces.
  2. If they land on a space that equals 10, they made add a block.
  3. Or, if they land on a space that does not equal 10,  they remove a block.
  4. If they land on a picture, they do nothing.
  5. And, if they run out of blocks they must start back at the beginning with two blocks.
  6. When all players reach the end space, the player with the most blocks win.

Number Bonds


Number bonds are a very important skill and allow children to begin to make mathematical connections. After a week of working on making 10, there were a lot of connections that had been made. Now was the time for my little kindergartner to prove what connections he had made….And I will brag on him a moment and say he did an awesome job.

Other Number Bonds Activities


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I wish I could say that after a week of doing this, my little kindergartner is spouting off all the equations for 10. He has definitely mastered some, but expressions like 7 + 3 are still tripping him up. The game, puzzles, and equal or not equal trees are stored in an accordion file close by, and they will be pulled once or twice a week. I know that before long my little man will be able to rattle off all the equations for making 10, and so will your little kiddos too.

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Other Fun Fall Learning Activities:

Fall Memory Cards from Schooling a Monkey

Fall Fun For Kindergarten from The Printable Princess

Free Fall Printables from The Kindergarten Connection

18 thoughts on “6 Easy and Fun Ways to Practice Adding to 10

  1. My son will have a great time practicing making ten with these activities — thank you!

    1. rachelpeabody@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you!

  2. My daughter needs work on this. Definitely *stealing* some of these ideas to try with her!

    1. rachelpeabody@yahoo.com says:

      Glad you could find some ideas to help!!!

  3. That counting tree printable is so cute. My daughter would love the idea of putting leaves on it!

  4. This is perfect for us right now. My son is loving to discover new ways to make 10. We might have to try the number bonds today.

  5. TheMadHouse says:

    I love your free printable. These activities are great.

  6. Heidi says:

    These are such great resources! Learning to make ten is a building block skill. Once kids can do that, they can do so many more things in math.

  7. Erin Buhr says:

    This is an awesome resource. My kids are working up to this right now in math. Keeping these handy for another month from now.

  8. iGameMom says:

    love these ideas. Wish I saw this years ago when my son was learning numbers.

  9. I love all these fun ways to make 10. The fall tree printable with the leaves is my favorite. And I know my son will love that pumpkin maze.

  10. Love this ideas. My little girl is nearly up to this stage. Definitely will have to try these with her. Looks so fun

  11. Helen says:

    Fantastic printable!

  12. Colleen says:

    This is such a fun way to learn to add up to 10! Perfect for Kindergarten students!

  13. Stef says:

    My preschooler is just starting to present an interest in counting. I could definitely use your great list of printables.

  14. Jacquie says:

    Wow! Such a great variety — love that you have illustrations and numbers combined for different learning styles – very useful!

  15. Nessa says:

    Knowing how to make tens is a good base for all of math. Lots of good ways here.

  16. Renae Eddy says:

    Such beautiful printables and activities! I’m sure my kiddos will love them!

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