Number bonds in kindergarten math are just another way of showing the relationship between numbers. Essentially, it’s basic addition without the symbols. Simplifying math skills helps kids practice numbers and adding in a way that feels familiar. Sprint math activities absolutely make me happy! When I’m starting to dream of planting flowers soon, what better thing to do than make a flower sensory bin! We simply cannot get enough of these Rainbow Oats from And Next Comes L! While the flower garden sensory bin isn’t required for this spring math activity, I will recommend adding it to this number sense activity to get the most bang for your buck!

#### Flower Number Bond Puzzle Supplies:

• Printer/Ink
• Laminating Supplies
• Paper Cutter/Scissors
• Sensory Bin (optional)

## Learning Addition and Subtraction in Preschool

##### SPRING THEME MATH CENTERS

COUNTING, ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION FOR THE FOUNDATION FOR MATH UNDERSTANDING. KIDS NEED LOTSOF HANDS-ON PRACTICE WITH MATH WORKSHEETS, GAMS AND ACTIVITIES TO BUILD FLUENCY.

This math flower activity for preschool and kindergarten help kids see the relationship between numbers. Each number bond includes an addition equation as well as a subtraction equation (if kids are ready for that).

Number bonds show how to smaller numbers make a larger number. And, if you start with the larger number and take away one of the smaller numbers, you are left with the other number!

I always tell my students how wonderful number bonds and fact families are because once you know the numbers that go together, you can create four equations without thinking!

The engaging spring theme puzzle pieces will motivate kids to dig into the sensory bin to find matches. I love that this spring math activity for preschool incorporates math and sensory play.

In addition to adding numbers, you can incorporate more math vocabulary and questions for thought before/during/after kids work:

• Say the equation that goes with the puzzle piece.
• Which numbers are the addends? Sum?
• Can you turn it into a subtraction problem? How?
• Which number is the smallest? Largest?

## What Can Preschoolers Learn While Working With Number Bonds?

##### SPRING ADDITION WORKSHEETS AND GAMES

SPRING MATH WORKSHEETS AND GAMES ARE A GREAT WAY TO ENGAGE STUDENTS. MATH SKILLS REQUIRE LOTS OF REPETITION AND PRACTICE.

Number bonds are closely related to addition and subtraction. Using the puzzles are a great way to incorporate important vocabulary:

• Sum
• Total
• Difference

## Why Is It Important For Kids To Play Addition Games to 10?

Children learn best when the learning feels easy and fun. Hands-on math activities for preschool help kids practice a ton of important skills while cleverly disguised as a fun game!

Number Sense: Playing math games improves numbers sense which is the ability to understand, compare/contrast, and relate numbers to each other.

Automaticity: When children effortlessly (automatically) know basic math facts, it makes more complex computations easier.

Vocabulary: Encouraging kids to use math vocabulary while playing games (sum/difference/total/greater than/less than)is a meaningful way to practice.

Cooperative Learning: Simple games with partners or small groups give kids a lot of practice with social skills, like taking turns, following rules, and winning/losing.

## How to Make the Spring Flower Number Bonds Puzzle

### To Prep:

These are easy and fast to prepare. From printing to cutting it took me less than 10 minutes and that was with Shiloh ‘assisting’ me.

As with almost all of my educational resources, I recommend laminating if you want the activity to be able to be used again. Of course, you can use it without laminating, but it will not be as durable.

### To Use:

You can either lay these out on a table for your student or you can put the pieces into any dry sensory bin, for them to find. A sensory bin is not a requirement, but Jaida loves them, so that’s what we do. Any sensory bin will do!

Simply find the matching pieces for a fun way to review number bonds.

## More Ways to Practice Addition Skills

### Word Problems

It’s always good to tie in real-life word problems. Once the number puzzles are complete, tell simple number stories with an Earth Day or flower theme.

### Number ID

If you child isn’t ready for number bonds worksheets and puzzles, use the pieces to name numbers. Add manipulatives to count to keep building that number sense.

### Write Equations

When all of the free printable puzzle pieces are matched, write the equations for each piece. Focus on symbols and vocabulary, like plus, equals, addends, and sum.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.