Making ten is such an important concept for students because it builds their addition fact fluency and number concept. This playful flower coverall game is such a fun way to practice making ten with the numbers one through nine. Flower Coverall is perfect for spring!
This making ten activity is super simple to prepare!
I first printed the coverall mat on white cardstock. I chose to put the mat in a plastic page protector, but laminating it would work just as well.
Then, I grabbed some butterfly eraser manipulatives that I had picked up from the Target Dollar Spot and pulled out a pencil and paper clip to use for the spinner.
I put the erasers, pencil and paper clip in a plastic bin to keep the materials organized and – viola! The math center was ready to play.
Making Ten Flower Coverall
I had my students do this activity as a math warm-up to review making ten, but this activity would also be great to use with a guided math group or a math station.
To play, my students first spun the 1-9 spinner and put that many butterflies on the ten frame. For example, if they spun six, they placed six butterflies in the ten frame.
Then, they counted the empty squares to see how many more were needed to make ten and covered the flower with that number. (They would cover the number four in our example.)
I had my students say, “__ + __ = 10” to hold them accountable for their math work.
This making ten activity could easily be extended further by having students record the equation to make ten on a dry erase board. For instance, if they spun a 2, they would write “2 + 8 = 10” on their board.
My students continued spinning and counting to see how many more to make ten until they covered all of the flowers on the mat.
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