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Egg Carton Ten Frame Math Activity

Set aside the flashcards and make math meaningful and fun with simple household manipulatives!  To help your child practice counting and addition to 10, set up this easy ten frame math activity using an empty egg carton!  This is a perfect activity for preschoolers and/or Kindergartners. 


easy ten frame math

Especially during the early years, one of my mottoes is "Make Math Fun."  There's many different ways to do that, one being to make learning math hands-on!

An easy way to make an activity "hands-on" is to give the child/ student tangible manipulatives to use while learning and/or practicing a new concept.  Learning new concepts is always fun with a variety of different manipulatives; tactile learners will LOVE being able to touch, feel, and move pieces around to learn and or practice the concept at hand.

And today we are joining our "Learning with Manipulatives" blogging friends to share a fun math activity!

Ten Frame Math


In this Easy Ten Frame Math Activity your child will work out various addition problems adding up to 10 using foam blocks.


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We picked up our foam blocks for pretty cheap and have used them for all sorts of activities ranging from a Color Matching Velcro Tower to Word Family BINGO to this Ten Fram Math Activity!

Alternatively, you can certainly use any other manipulative you have on hand. 

How To Set Up This Easy Ten Frame Math Activity


What you need:

  • Making 10 Worksheet {free printable available at worksheetfun.com}
  • Empty Egg Carton {cut the egg carton so that there are 10 spaces}
  • Two colors of  Foam Blocks
  • Pencil or Number Manipulatives


easy ten frame math activity

Tell your child you are going to work on adding numbers to make 10 using the foam blocks.  

With the Making 10 worksheet handy, read the addition problem: "2+ __=10".

Model the problem by placing two of the same colored blocks into the egg carton.  Next ask your child "How many more do we need to make 10?"  

Your child can easily count the empty spaces in the egg carton to find the answer.

Ten Frame Math

This Addition to 10 Math Activity is great for visual and tactile learners!  Have your child use the other color foam blocks to fill in the empty spaces.

10 frame math


Instead of having Little Sis write the numbers in the blank, I brought out some foam number manipulatives.  This allowed us to work on number recognition as well.

If your child is not ready for adding to make 10, try this fun math game with foam blocks or any type of manipulative you choose!

Or work on Number Bonds with Cars! {one of my son's favorite activities}

More ways to learn with foam blocks:



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