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Friends of 10 Pegs

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Looking for an engaging way to teach Year 1 and Year 2 students about number bonds, specifically those that add up to 10? Our free activity, "Friends of 10 Pegs," is designed to make learning these essential maths concepts fun and interactive. Download this exciting resource by clicking the button at the bottom of the page!

What is the "Friends of 10 Pegs" Activity?

The "Friends of 10 Pegs" activity is a hands-on learning tool aimed at helping young students understand and memorize the number bonds that add up to 10, also known as "friends of 10." This activity consists of a series of cards that can be printed out and laminated for repeated use.


How to Use the "Friends of 10 Pegs" Activity

  1. Download and Print:

    • Click the button at the bottom of the page to download the activity. Print the cards and laminate them for durability.

  2. Card Layout:

    • Each card features a number at the top, represented either by numerals or MAB blocks.

    • At the bottom of each card, there are three possible answers, also represented by numerals or MAB blocks.

  3. Using Pegs for Answers:

    • Students use a peg to identify the number at the bottom of the card that, when added to the top number, equals 10. This interactive element adds a tactile component to the learning process, making it more engaging for young learners.


Educational Benefits of the "Friends of 10 Pegs" Activity

  • Reinforces Number Bonds:

    • Helps students memorize which pairs of numbers add up to 10, a fundamental concept in early maths education.

  • Visual and Tactile Learning:

    • Combines visual representations (numerals and MAB blocks) with a hands-on approach, catering to different learning styles.

  • Builds Math Confidence:

    • Provides a fun and interactive way for students to practice and master number bonds, boosting their confidence in their maths abilities.

  • Versatile Use:

    • The laminated cards and pegs can be used repeatedly, making this activity a versatile tool for various classroom settings.


Integrating "Friends of 10 Pegs" into Your Classroom

  1. Maths Lessons:

    • Incorporate the activity into your maths lessons to provide targeted practice on number bonds to 10.

  2. Maths Centres:

    • Use the cards in maths centres for a focused, self-directed activity that reinforces the day's lessons.

  3. Homework:

    • Send laminated cards home with students for additional practice outside the classroom.

  4. Assessment:

    • Use the activity as an informal assessment tool to gauge students’ understanding of number bonds.


Tips for Maximizing the Activity’s Effectiveness

  • Guided Practice:

    • Begin with guided practice, showing students how to use the pegs to identify the correct number bond pairs.

  • Independent Practice:

    • Allow students to work independently or in small groups once they are comfortable with the activity.

  • Review and Reinforce:

    • Regularly review the number bonds with the class to reinforce learning and address any misconceptions.

The "Friends of 10 Pegs" activity is a fantastic resource for helping Year 1 and Year 2 students master number bonds to 10. By combining visual aids and hands-on practice, this activity makes learning maths both fun and effective. Download the free activity now by clicking the button below and bring the excitement of number bonds to your classroom!

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