The Ten Frame is a two-by-five rectangular frame into which counters are placed to demonstrate numbers less than or equal to 10. Counters can be arranged in different ways to represent different numbers. A ten frame helps children develop a strong number sense.  It teaches them to subitize and is a precursor to addition. They provide the children with a visual of numbers.

*Subitize is the ability to tell the number of objects in a set, quickly, without counting. 

Here is a game that you can create and play with one or more players.


This inquiry challenge will encourage the children to:

  • use numbers as a naming system
  • count, model and order numbers and quantities
  • develop mathematical language
  • use strategies to problem-solve

-Approaches to Learning (ATL’s)

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