Activities for Cute Little Learners

Broomstick 10 Square: Math with “Room on the Broom”

Do some broomstick math with these adorable little brooms! I just drew the 10-square, but it would be handy to have one laminated to use whenever you practice counting. I love using 10-squares when introducing counting and basic addition and subtraction. It makes these skills very visual. I feel like it was very beneficial to use this method with my little people who were having difficulty grasping these concepts. This fun activity was designed to accompany a reading of Room on the Broom

You will need:

  1. Broomsticks: Pretzel sticks and mini Reeses cups
  2. Paper (I used green and orange)
  3. Marker
  4. Scissors
Here are the 3 ways I like to use 10-squares:
  1. Counting: Let the child draw a card out of a stack of number cards. Then have them place the corresponding number of objects in the boxes of the 10-square (remember, always left to right, top row before the bottom, and don’t skip a box!)
  2. Addition: Write down an addition problem (or have the child draw a flashcard with a problem written on it, the mystery is so exciting!). Have them place the first number of objects on the 10-square, then the second number, then count them all together to get the answer!
  3. Subtraction: You probably get the idea, but give them a problem, or have them draw one from a stack of cards. Have them place the first number in objects on the 10-square, then have them REMOVE the second number, then count the remaining objects for the answer.
Have fun learning with your littles!

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Author: Tawni

Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.

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