Add some Halloween fun to early elementary math with a candy corn ten frame! There are so many fun manipulatives to use with ten frames. And for Halloween what could be a better manipulative than candy corn?
Have you used ten frames yet? A ten frame is a long rectangle, divided into 2 rows of 5 boxes each. Ten frames help teach number sense. Ten frames help kids understand that there are tens units and ones units in numbers. They also prepare kids for mental math.
Set Up Your Ten Frame
- masking tape
- candy corn (we also used candy pumpkins)
- something to write with and on
First set up your ten frame. We used masking tape to make our 2×5 grid. I liked using the tape because it created a ten frame that wouldn’t move. Of course you could draw one on paper.
Count out 10 pieces of candy corn, and you’re good to go!
Use this the way you would use a ten frame – one piece of candy corn per box.
It’s perfect for doing homework, or just for additional math practice. You can write out numbers and have your child place the corresponding number of candies into the ten frame. If your child is working on addition, you can also join two sets of ten frames together to work on addition.
And I won’t tell if you sneak in a little snack, too.
More Halloween learning ideas!
Halloween candy math game
And get all of our simple play ideas for Halloween here!