Make ten is a really simple game. I made it even easier for you by providing a printable. All you do is roll a die, and whoever gets to exactly 10 first wins. You can play backward from 10 to 0 also. This is a great way to teach the basic concepts of adding and subtracting. You can make it a real learning experience along the way by just adding questions like these:
* You have 2 and you just rolled a 3. How many do you have total?
* You are at 7. How many more do you need to get to 10? Yes, 7 + 3 is 10.
* You have 8 and now you are going to take away 5. How many are you left with?
* You have 4. You rolled a 3. What is four plus 3?
It’s a great way to throw in vocabulary like: equals, take away, subtraction, adding. This introduction to these concepts is a lot of fun, and Abby wanted to play it over and over while the other kids were napping. Might have something to do with the fact that she kept winning. I got the idea for this game from “Games for Math,” by Peggy Kaye.
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