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Garden Make 10 Printable Math Game

I'm continuing the garden theme this week (I promised to go all month) with several games that you can play with your kids to sneak in some great learning in a fun way.  Today, we have more math activities to work on some basics- a Make 10 Game!  It's a super easy game to play with early elementary aged kids, but there are also lots of other things you can do with the set too.  The set features 100 wood disks (I bought mine from Etsy) made into 100 fruit and vegetable rounds with numbers 1-9 and bunnies on the opposite side.

To assemble your Make 10 game, print the entire PDF single-sided on cardstock.  You'll also need the 100 wood disks, packing tape, and a glue stick.  Each wood disk will have a fruit or veggie one side and a number 1-9 or bunny on the other side.  I recommend working with one fruit or veggie at at time, cutting them out by strips (2 for each one) and covering the front side of the printable with packing tape.  Then, cut out all 10 veggie circles and glue them onto one side of the wood disk with a glue stick.  Once all 10 veggies/fruits are done, work the number circles the same way, gluing them onto the backside of the veggie disks.  When you get each set done, you should have 10 circles that look the same on one side and have number 1-9 or a bunny on the other side.  Continue until you've done all 100 circles.  If you don't want to use wood disks, glue the two sides to each other back to back without anything extra or add some cardboard for more thickness.


After assembling the 100 wood disks, give each player a brown garden (additional ones can be printed for more than two players) to keep help figure out if the addends (numbers) they chose are equal to 10.  Lay at least 20 disks on the table with the veggie side up.   Players take turns picking the veggies two at a time.  If the two numbers on the back of the veggies add to 10 (ten), they get to keep them.  If they don’t add to 10, then the player must put them back and it’s the other person’s turn.

Younger learners can use the garden board to build the veggie numbers and see if they add to 10 (fill the board).  They can also do the activity as an individual for learning the number combination that equal 10.  Experts can use the garden board to keep track of their “matches” and end the game when the first person has made 5 or 10 matches (addends of 10).

You can use your same Make 10 Game set to help kids make a number line complete with fruits and veggies for counters.  Just put the numbers across the top and have the child add the correct number of product under each number.  There are enough playing pieces to make all the numbers through 1-9 and enough fruits and veggies varieties to make a different line of produce for each number.

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There are a several other ways to use your Make 10 Game pieces for math learning or other games.  With all the pieces laid on the table, the players can take turns picking up one piece at a time to see who can be the first to build a 1-9 number line.  Or have the child pick up 3 numbers at a time to work on adding three numbers.  The disks can also be used on the 10-frame garden to work out subtraction problems or to start looking at multiplication.  Comment below with other ideas!

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