Kindergarten math activities typically involve lots of practice counting, recognizing and writing numbers, and an introduction to addition and subtraction. Building number sense requires lots of repetition and practice with fun math games and activities. These Ladybug Themed Free Printable Adding to 10 Activity mats are a great activity for preschool math or kindergarten to learn and practice addition up to 10. They are easy to prep and place at the math center, or work on with a small group. Your kids will be begging to work on their addition facts to 10 with this engaging insect addition mat.

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ladybug addition activity for kindergarten math centers

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Ladybug Addition Mat Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Cutter
  • Mini Ladybug Erasers/Counters

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Learning Addition Facts to 10 in Preschool and Kindergarten

MATH ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

PRACTICING NUMBERS AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT REQUIRES A LOT OF PRACTICE AND REPETITION. KIDS LEARN BEST WITH ENGAGE ACTIVITIES THAT ALSO INCORPORATE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT.

Adding to 10 is one of the first skills kids begin to work on after they learn numbers and counting. Addition to 10 worksheets are great ways to assess how students are progressing.

But when it comes to practicing this important skill, math worksheets don’t have the same engagement as a fun, math game.

I love this ladybug activity because it can cater to the needs of all learners with easy adaptability. You can use it a number of different ways: addition and subtraction facts, counting, or as a fact fluency game.

On each mat, kids have the opportunity to identify and name numbers, count ladybugs, find the sum, and read the equation. 1st grade students gaining fact fluency might even be able to say the sum without counting the ladybugs, while a preschooler might focus more on counting the total group of ladybugs.

In addition to working on single digit addition, you can use this spring activity to pose additional questions for thought:

  • What are the addends?
  • What’s the sum?
  • What happens if you switch the addends around? Does the sum change?
  • How many in all/altogether?
Practice addition facts this spring with these adorable ladybug addition mats & fact cards!

What Do Addition Games for Kindergarteners Teach?

ADDITION FACTS TO 10 WORKSHEETS AND ACTIVITIES

NUMBER SENSE ACTIVITIES FOR KINDERGARTEN INCLUDE A VARIETY OF PRACTICE ON IMPORTANT MATH SKILLS, LIKE NUMBER ORDER, NUMBER PUZZLES, NUMBER RECOGNITION, ADDING AND SUBTRACTING.

Playing games and working on single digit addition worksheets are great places to introduce and practice vocabulary associated with addition:

  • Sum
  • All together
  • In all
  • Total
  • Add
  • Increase
  • More
Practice addition facts this spring with these adorable ladybug addition mats & fact cards!

Why Is It Important For Kids To Play Addition Games?

Children learn best when the learning feels easy and fun. Kids like mystery, too, like a shapes scavenger hunt. Playing math games encourages practice with 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.

Vocabulary

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

Automaticity

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

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 Ladybug Theme Addition Mats

To Prep:

Print pages 3-7 on card stock and/or laminate for durability.

Cut out the addition problems and the sum bugs.

Practice addition facts this spring with these adorable ladybug addition mats & fact cards!

To Use:

Select one of the addition problems and place it on the space at the top of the snow scene page.

Select the proper amount of ladybugs and place them on the leaf. It helps if you count out one addend of the addition problem at a time. When the ladybugs are all on the page, count them to find the sum.

Say the addition problem out loud to help commit it to memory.

Practice addition facts this spring with these adorable ladybug addition mats & fact cards!

Word Problems

It’s always good to tie in real-life word problems to written facts. Use the cards to tell bug stories, like, “I found 6 bugs in the backyard. I found 2 more bugs in the front yard. How many bugs in all?”

Counting Practice

If you child isn’t ready for addition fact fluency, use the mats for counting or number recognition instead. Use the ladybug sums. Pick a ladybug, identify the number, and count out that many ladybugs.

Memory Matching

Use either the fact cards or the sum cards. Create two sets. Then, place them in a grid to play a classic game of Memory.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
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. 

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  1. I just downloaded this great addition activity, however the lady bug cards with single numerals was not included in the download.

    1. I think that your file did not download all the way. I just checked the file and the numerals are on the last activity page followed by a copyright page.

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