Pairs to 10


The purpose of this activity is to help your child to practice the addition facts to 10.

Link to the Number Framework:

Number Facts, Stage 0-3

What you need:

Pack of cards. Ace = 1, remove the 10 and the picture cards.

What to do:

Shuffle the cards and deal 6 cards to each player. Place the other cards in a pile face down between the players with the top card turned over beside the pile. The aim of the game is to make pairs that add to 10, pairs are placed on the table. The first player can take the face up card or one from the pile. The players take turns until one player wins the game by placing all their cards in pairs on the table.

What to expect your child to do:

To correctly make pairs to 10.


The cards can be used to play Memory, where a pair is two cards that add to 10, for example 6 and 4.

Related Māori vocab:

riwhiriwhi (~a)
toha (~ina)
deal, distribute
takirua tau
number pair
tāpiri (~hia)

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