Fun Double-Digit Math Activity for Kindergartners

A few days ago I shared a math counting activity that I did with my little ones to practice the numbers 1-12. I actually chose those numbers because those are the number in the SkipBo game I had in the closet! It turned out to be a really fun, but yet very educational activity for my 4 year olds, at the time.

The other day, I tried the activity again, but now with 2-digit numbers. My kids already understand 1-to-1 correspondence, so I decided to try and tackle tens and ones. I made the number line 10-20. They counted out the blocks to match the number, and then we put the ten together to make a ten block. This helped them see the place values in numbers. For example, 10 has 1 ten and 0 ones, 11 has 1 ten and 1 one, 12 has 1 ten and 2 ones. Discussing this, they also noticed a pattern in the tens and ones as you count up. Therefore, I only had to explain the first couple, and then they were able to do it on their own.

I thought this activity might be a little over my 5 year olds’ heads. However, this turned out to be a great activity that took up quite a bit of time. Even if they don’t fully understand place value, they are beginning to see patterns and develop some very important understandings in place value! Try this today with your Pre-K or Kindergartner.