Who loves unicorns and rainbows?!? Me, me! And who can resist math games that involve unicorn and rainbows? Not me! My youngest daughter has special needs and we have been working on rote counting and now one-to-one correspondence and number recognition for several years. Finding ways to keep her excited about practicing counting skills is super important, since the moment she gets bored is the moment she starts refusing to practice. Today’s free printable Unicorn and Rainbows Hide and Seek Ten-Frame Counting Game is a super fun way to work on counting.
Understanding how numbers fit into a group of is one of the building blocks necessary for counting higher numbers, addition skills, subtraction skills and so much more.
That is why ten-frames are an important part of the counting and number recognition experience.
Ten-frames show kids that there is a limit to this group of numbers. And creates the understanding of groups of ten for learning numbers 11-99.
This simple unicorn ten-frame hide and seek game is an engaging way to introduce ten-frames to your pre-k and kindergarteners.
Everything is more fun when it’s a game. And if your kids are anything like mine, hide and seek is one of their favorite games.
How to Use the Ten-Frame Unicorn & Rainbows Hide and Seek Game
To prepare the Ten-frame Hide and Seek game, simply print and laminate the pieces, with the exception of the optional recording sheet.
Cut apart the ten-frame cards and the stars.
Place the unicorn ten-frame cards in a pocket chart, lay them on a table or lay them on the floor.
I have found that a table top pocket chart works perfectly for this game, but you can you anything that you have available.
Then, hide the stars behind the unicorn ten-frames and have the kids take turns guessing which ten-frame they are hiding behind.
Using the optional Number Recording Pages
Take the game up a notch by using the optional number recording pages.
Have the kids cross off the numbers of incorrect guesses. Then, have then write the correct guesses in the boxes at the bottom of the page.
The recording page helps kids work on numeral recognition and number formation along with the ten-frame number recognition needed to make guesses.