Welcome to the second day in my series, “The 12 Days of Christmas Printables.” Over the course of 12 days, I am sharing 12 different Christmas themed games and activities for Kindergarten through Algebra! (If you missed day one, go grab that freebie here). Today I’m sharing a simple activity that can be used as a math center or quiet, independent activity. Knowing how to “make ten” is an important early math skill because it can be used as a strategy to solve more challenging problems. So learn more about this Christmas Make Ten Sort below, and then get the free download to use with your kiddos!
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How to Use the Christmas Make Ten Sort:
This download is fairly straightforward. It includes two Christmas tree cards that say, “Equal to 10” and “Not Equal to 10.”
It then includes a set of Christmas tree decorations with addition problems.
To complete, kids simply “decorate” the Christmas trees by sorting the addition facts under “equal” or “not equal” to 10.
Teaching Kids to Make Ten:
As I mentioned, recognizing the various ways to “make ten” is a very useful skill for Kindergarten and first grade. When kids begin to add larger numbers, decomposing a number to make a ten often simplifies the problem.
If this is something your kids are still unsure about, I would encourage you to print this activity, then find more ways to practice this skill.
And of course, be sure to grab this fun make ten sort by clicking the link below!
And you may also like this set of mazes–a fun and unique way to practice addition and subtraction within 10! It also includes extension ideas, so kids don’t just focus on memorizing facts, but look for patterns and think deeply about math.
And of course, if you’re looking for more Christmas themed math ideas, be sure to stick around for the rest of “The 12 Days of Christmas Printables” here at Math Geek Mama!