10 Frames in First Grade - Free Game


Last week I taught in a Grade 1 class. The teacher asked me if I'd do a lesson in Math around 10-frames.

Here's what we did!

10-Frame Flash

I "flashed" 10-frame cards and the kids had to show me with their fingers what they saw. (When you flash a card, be sure to only show it for a second or two).

I then asked one or two children how they saw the number. If, for example, I had flashed an 8, they might say, "I saw a 5 and 3" or "I noticed there were 2 empty spaces so I knew it was 8."

We carried on like this for maybe five minutes tops. Everyone was thoroughly engaged!

10-Frame Song

If you'd like to carry on with the warm-up, this 10-frames video would be lots of fun:

Make 10 Partners

After I introduced the game we were going to play (see below), I decided to partner them up using 10-frames again.

I printed off 22 little 10-frame cards, gave each child one card, and told them they had to find a person holding the card that "made 10" with theirs. 10 and 0, 1 and 9, etc.

This was a big hit, too. It was interesting to see how many kids found this easy to do, and how many struggled and needed my help.

Totally 10 Snake Game

This is a fabulous game for learning combinations of 10. It's also great practice for subitizing (recognizing how many dots without having to count).

Some fabulous and free activities for learning about 10-frames in Kindergarten and 1st Grade!
In case you haven't seen it before, this game is super easy to play.


Each pair receives a game board (see above) and a handful of counters in two different colours. I like to use bingo chips, because you can see through to the 10-frame underneath.

Kids play Rock-Paper-Scissors to determine who goes first.

Player 1 places two chips on the game board to make 10.

Player 2 then does the same.

The game continues until the snake is full. The kids count up their chips and the person with the most is the winner. The person who starts first will always win, so be sure to tell the kids that they need to take turns being the starter (no need to tell them why :))

The class loved this game and played it several times. A few children wanted it to be harder, so I had them do the challenge version.


Play the game the same way, EXCEPT this time you're trying to get as many of your chips in a row as possible. Once the snake is full, the player with the longest section (or the most chips in a row) is the winner.

If you'd like a copy of the game, a copy of little 10-frames and a copy of some big 10-frame cards, then either click the game image or CLICK RIGHT HERE.  If you grab the game, please leave a comment ... it would make my day:)

Next week I'll share another game we played with 10-frames! This one includes a 10-frame spinner.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing. We start "Friends of 10" next week. Perfect timing!

    1. Yay! I'm so glad this post came in handy for you. I love the name "Friends of 10". Thanks for leaving a comment :)

  2. Thank you for sharing. I am always looking for new games, ideas, and resources for my kindergarten class.

    1. You're very welcome, Lavern. Thank you for stopping by!


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