Package 3-5: Year 1 & 2 Mathematics - Building towers

This is a great activity to increase skills in reasoning, working collaboratively, and applying knowledge of strategies used to add and subtract.

Week 2 - Package 1 - Year 1 & 2 Mathematics - Strike it Out


Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

Ideal Back up

10 blocks

10 pieces of pasta

10 pieces of lego

A cup

A piece of paper

Why is this activity important?

This activity explores and builds on your child’s knowledge of the combinations to 10.

Before I start

Ask your child if they have heard of ‘friends of ten’? Explain to your child that ‘friends of ten’ is when numbers add together to make the number 10.

What my child needs to know and do

Watch the Sam and Holly’s Problem video here.

What to do next

Get ten blocks out. Cover some of the blocks and ask your child how many are missing. (Your child may like to draw what they can see, this will help build their understanding).

You may like to use two cups or two pieces of paper to cover the counters.

Ask your child to write down the number sentence, For eg. 6 + 4 = 10.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Draw a ten frames table to help your child visualise and give them 10 their own set of 10 blocks(or objects)

You can use 20 counters to make friends of 20.

Play the game using number cards instead of blocks.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

How did you know how many counters were hiding? Is there another way of figuring it out?

Extension/Additional activity

Play the game to make friends of numbers 3-9.

Watch the Number busting video here.

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