10 Frames in First Grade – Free Game

Inside: Ten-frame printables and games for Grade 1

Hello! This is an updated post.

I have three fun, educational and easy 10-frame activities for you, that include free printables. You’ll get a Totally Ten Snake game and four sets of 10-frame cards in a variety of sizes and two colours (teal and black/white).

The download link is at the end of the post.

10-Frame Flash

Have the kids sit on the carpet and flash a variety of 10-frame cards.  The students show you with their fingers what they see.

Then ask one or two children how they saw the number. If, for example, you flash 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.”

Every time I did this activity with my students they were thorough engaged! Plus they were learning to subitize,  and think of numbers in relation to 10.

Some fabulous and free activities for learning about 10-frames in Kindergarten and 1st Grade!

Make 10 Partners

This is a fun game and can also be played to music.

Print off little 10-frame cards, ensuring that there are enough cards for each student and that everyone will be able to find their 10 partner. You’ll need to play with them if you have an uneven number of students in your class.

Give each child one card, and ask them to find a person holding the card that “makes 10” with theirs. 10 and 0, 1 and 9, etc.

This game is a big hit and is even more fun to play with music (though it’s not necessary). Put the music on, have the kids move or dance, then when you turn the music off that’s their cue to find their partner.

It’s always interesting to see how many kids find this easy to do, and how many struggle a bit and will need your  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.


  1. 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.
  2. Kids play Rock-Paper-Scissors to determine who goes first.
  3. Player 1 places two chips on the game board to make 10.
  4. Player 2 then does the same.
  5. The game continues until the snake is full. The kids count up their chips and the person with the most is the winner.

BTW, 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 :))

All my classes love this game and will happily play it several times. Usually a few children will ask if it can be harder, so I have 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.




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