When kids begin to count objects, they often assign more than one number to an object because they have not yet mastered one-to-one correspondence. One way to help kids understand that one number word is assigned to one object is to ask kids to touch and place objects as they count them.
Ten Frames for One-to-One Correspondence Practice
Using a five or ten frame is a great way to provide kids with a system to organize and match objects as they count them. One object can be placed in each square on the ten frame as one number is assigned each of the objects. Each object can have it’s own little home on the ten frame.
A Printable Ten Frame for You
If you need a ten frame, I have created a b&w printable ten frame for you. CLICK HERE to get it.
It’s Time to Get all Crafty
Of course, I love to decorate my ten frames. You can use stickers or small pictures to compliment a classroom theme or the specific interests of a child. Any type of counters can be used. Think plastic erasers, figures, bugs, cars, buttons, coins, bottle caps, crackers…….
Today I used star stickers (from an after Christmas clearance sale) to decorate a ten frame. Patriotic erasers work perfectly as a coordinating counter. This set will be especially fun to use on any patriotic holiday, during the Olympics, or even for superhero themes (I bet kids would have a blast using superhero action figures as counters!).
I love ten frames because they can be used to work on so many difference early math concepts. You and your kids may also enjoy some of the ten frame resources from store. Click on the pictures below to check them out.