These colorful watermelon ten frames are a lovely resource for helping to develop and consolidate some early math skills. Brilliant for some hands on summer themed math!
Ten frames are 2 by 5 rectangular grids, in which children can draw or use objects to show numbers that are lower than or equal to 10.
Showing what the numeral actually represents in this way can be great for developing number sense and counting skills.
Ten frames can also be a very useful tool when it comes to adding and subtracting as children physically add or remove counters.
These watermelon ten frames are also very simple to prepare, just print off, cut out (and laminate if you want).
Then grab some counters – dried seeds would be great with these – and see if your children can place the correct number to match the numbers shown on the watermelon slices.
If you’ve laminated them – then they could always draw on seeds on with a whiteboard marker.
So why not grab these summer ten frames and help nurture their little mathematical minds?
Here’s some other printable math activities you may want to check out:
- Count the Baby Dinos
- Count the Raindrops
- Catch and Count the Flies
- Spring Flower Counting Game
- Fish Counting Playdough Mats
What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?
While using these watermelon ten frames, your children will have the chance to practice and develop some early math skills such as:
- Counting skills – they’ll have to count the counters carefully to ensure they add the correct amount
- Number recognition – understanding what the written numeral looks like and being able to tell them apart from other numbers
- Number sense – the ability to visualize numbers and understand relationships between numbers
How To Prepare These Watermelon Ten Frames
This one’s pretty straight forward!
First you’re going to want to download the ten frames by clicking on the download box at the bottom of the page.
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Once you’ve downloaded them, you’ll need to print them off onto paper or card and cut them out.
There’s a set with the seed silhouettes on to help children visualize the numbers:
And a plain set as well if your little ones are up for a challenge:
Once they’re all cut out, I’d strongly advise laminating them to keep them looking nice and so your little learners can use a whiteboard marker on them if they want.
After that you’re all done!
Just grab some counters, seeds, or a whiteboard marker, spread the cards out on a table and see if your children can place the correct amount onto the slices!