Ten frames are some of the most useful math tools for young learners. These rectangular wonders are great for helping children develop number sense, build addition and subtraction skills, and more. If you’d like to learn more about ten frames, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive in!
What are ten frames, exactly?
Ten frames are rectangular frames that are divided equally into ten square-shaped sections. There are two rows of squares total--one row of five squares at the top and another row of five squares at the bottom. (You’ll see examples in the images below.)
Why do we use ten frames?
Ten frames are great for helping children develop a strong number sense foundation. In a nutshell, number sense is the ability to truly and fluently understand numbers and their values. A strong foundation in number sense leads to a strong understanding of math skills.
It’s also important to know that children who have a strong sense of the number 10 will be able to relate it to lots of different areas of math. Think of it this way. A child who understands that a 4 and a 6 make 10 will start to understand that 40 and 60 make 100.
Key Skills Ten Frames Can Help Children Learn
Here are just some of the the skills children can learn by using ten frames:
Ways to Make Ten Frames Fun for Young Learners
Getting creative always makes things more fun for learners of all ages! These are some clever ways to get your little learners excited about using ten frames. With so many possibilities, you’re only limited by your imagination!
I get excited just thinking of all the ways ten frames can be used to teach math skills to young learners! Isn’t it great to know that learning can be effective and fun at the same time?