This activity explores how numbers relate to ten. It also encourages the visualisation or imaging of numbers to ten.

visualise numbers up to ten using ten frames

tens frames

*How many beans are in the ten frame? (4)*

How many beans are outside? (2)

Now imagine the beans jumping in.*How many beans are there altogether?*

How did you solve this?At this point let the students move the counters to display 6 on the ten frame.

Repeat this with other number combinations. As an aim of the activity is to encourage students to visualize or image numbers don’t move the beans inside the frame except to verify responses. Encourage the students to know the numbers by seeing them.