Practice counting to 10 with this set of twenty object and number matching cards.
When we teach students how to count, they learn to assign a number to whatever they are counting, and that the last number said is the total.
Through this activity, students show they can count 1-10 items in sequence, 1 number per item, demonstrating that the last count indicates how many items were counted regardless of the order.
How to Play Our Counting to 10 Game
Use this resource in your math center, as a small group activity, or a whole class exercise (see below) to practice counting objects to 10 and pairing each object with its number name.
To play, shuffle the cards and lay them all face down in the center of the playing area. Students will take turns flipping 2 cards to look for matching pairs of objects and digits. The player who finds a match keeps the cards and takes another turn. If the cards aren’t a matching digit and number of objects, turn the cards back over in their spot and move on to the next player. Continue until there are no more cards left in the playing area. The player with the most matches in the end wins!
Scaffolding + Extension Tips
Challenge students who already understand the concept to choose a card and provide a number that is greater than or less than (directed by the teacher) than the number.
Support students who need help understanding the concepts with manipulatives like counters or connecting cubes, and have them place one on each picture as they count.
More Ways to Play Counting to 10 Games
Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and for full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.
🐟 Go Fish (Beginner)
It’s easy to turn these cards into a game of Go Fish! Shuffle the cards and pass out 7 to each player. The remaining cards go in the center of the play area. Taking turns, players ask each other for matches: looking for the object card that matches the number in their hand, or vice versa.
🖍️ Draw It! Warm-Up/Exit Game (Intermediate)
This activity can also be used as a formative assessment. Project a number card and have students draw their own set of objects that represent the digit shown.
🧑🏫 Show Me! (Advanced)
Give each student a mini dry-erase board and a dry-erase marker. Project an object card and have students count and write the number of objects on their whiteboards. When everyone has written down their answers, say, “Show Me.” Students will flip their boards, allowing you to see who needs extra support with this skill.
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
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This resource was made in collaboration with Heather Chambers, a teacher in Texas and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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Common Core Curriculum alignment
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.
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