Learning what a quantity looks like and connecting it to a number is a basic skill that Kindergartners need to master to gain number sense. Help them practice subitizing numbers with these puzzles for numbers 1-10!
At the beginning of the year, when our CC Math focuses on numbers 1-5, I take out the 1-5 puzzles have children work in small groups or independently to help them learn visual arrangements of small numbers. By 2nd quarter, we are working on numbers within 10 and I take out numbers 6-10 so they can begin to build number sense with those larger quantities. By the end of the year, the students are doing all ten numbers by themselves!
How many puzzles you take out and how many children you have working on them is up to you and what your children need. Here are some ways I do it:
Independent work: I give one child two numbers and mix their pieces up. The child has to put the two puzzles back together. (For more challenge, add more puzzles!)
Small groups/Math Centers: I separate 3-4 number puzzles and their pieces and give each member of the group one number puzzle to solve for. If we are talking about greater than/less than I have the children partner, draw a piece and compare them to see whose is greater and whose is less.
Free choice: I've printed sets of 3-4 number puzzles on the same color paper and put them in bags for the children to play as a game in small groups during free choice. (Ex: On pink paper, I printed and cut puzzles 3, 5, 6, and 7--On orange paper, I printed and cut puzzles 7, 8, 9, and 10)
Let me know how you use them in your classroom and what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is also where you can contact me with your questions or concerns about this file.
ALSO check out my addition puzzles 1-10 for 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter Kinders as they learn to add: ADDITION PUZZLES