This fun number bond activity helps Kindergarten children practice number bonds up to 12. Our Number Bond Game includes the superhero printable mats and recording sheet. This fun hands-on activity helps children explore the connections between numbers! Just download and play. Simply download pdf file with number bonds printable and you are ready to play and learn with a free printable number bonds to 10 games.
Number Bond Game
In this post we are featuring a cute superhero printable that is a number bonds game for kindergartners. This number bonds activity will help your students practice their finishing nubmer bonds – seeing the relation ship between numbers. These number bonds to 10 games are a fun super hero activity to make kindergarten math fun. But, before we dive in, let’s take a quick look at number bonds.
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What are Number Bonds?
In a nutshell, number bonds are pairs of numbers that make up a given number. Sometimes they will be called number pairs. For example, if the number is 6, the number bonds are as follows.
Number bonds help young learners see the relationship between a whole number and its parts. They also go a long way to helping children learn how to begin manipulating numbers. This builds a solid foundation for more complex math. Students that spend time working with number bonds have an easier time when it comes to addition and subtraction.
We could simply ask our students to memorize these number bonds, but that is not really very helpful. We need them to build an understanding of the way our numbering systems work BEFORE we ask them to start memorizing. Students who understand numbers are better prepared to begin the task of committing number bonds to memory. This is because they understand what they are being asked to memorize.
Here are some of the big ideas students need to grasp:
Our Number System Is A System of Patterns
- Our number system has so many patterns. Once children recognize the patterns, they will start to make sense of, and remember, math facts.
- Teacher’s Tip: in inability to grasp the patterns in math is a classic symptom of the mathematical learning disability Dyscalculia. Consider testing if a student continues to struggle despite extra help. Click here for more information.
The Order of The Parts Does Not Change The Sum
- It doesn’t really matter if you add 2 + 4 or 4+2, the sum will always be the same. Once children grasp this, the task of learning those number bonds is immediately simplified.
Numbers Can be Broken Apart to Perform an Operation.
- Number bonds help us to see that numbers can be composed and decomposed. We can join 2 smaller numbers to form one large number (4 and 5 can be joined to make 9). Conversely, we can break a larger number into smaller numbers (9 can be broken into 4 and 5).
- These ideas may seem obvious to us, but they are not something that children are born knowing. They need lots of experience before they fully understand these concepts.
Helping Concrete Learners Develop Number Sense
- When you think about it, numerals and equations are symbolic representations of numbers. Kindergarten students are still concrete thinkers and have difficulty grasping these abstract symbols.
- Our students’ understanding of numbers grows with concrete experience. They will need lots and lots of hands-on experience, before they start to build the pathways in the brain that lead to understanding. Visual models, and hands-on explorations with manipulatives are invaluable at this stage.
Free Printable Number Bonds Game
We’ve created a free game to help your student explore number bonds. Each mat features a different superhero and provides space for the use of manipulatives, so that students can see and count the numbers.
The superhero number bond mats are available in color and black and white. They are perfect for use with kindergarten students. Use them for early finishers, math centers or small group work. You might also send them home with students as a fun game to play with parents.
Students need to be able to count and record numbers for this activity.
Number Bonds to 10 Games
Print the superhero mats onto cardstock. Next, laminate them for durability. Now grab two dice and 12 small manipulatives for counting (such as buttons, pom poms, or counters). It is helpful to have 6 in one color and 6 in another. Finally, print the recording sheets onto paper.
Playing the Game
- Demonstrate how to roll the dice, place the same number of manipulatives on the 1st square. Show them where to record the number on their worksheet.
- Next ask for a volunteer to roll the dice and place the manipulatives on the 2nd square. Show them where to record the number on their worksheet.
- Together count the total of manipulatives and if you wish use a whiteboard marker to write the total on the superhero. Then record the total on the worksheet.
- Talk about how you counted the manipulatives from both starbursts to find the total. Look at the number sentence on the worksheet and invite the students to read it with you as you point to the numbers and symbols.
Number Bonds Activity
Continue the number exploration by thinking out loud.
“I can see that this number 6 is made up of two parts: one part is 4 and one part is 2. So, 4 and 2 make 6. Can you think of another way to make 6?”
You will probably get some suggestions. If not, suggest switching the two groups around, so you have 2 and 4. Count the total and record the numbers on the sheet. Continue thinking aloud.
“Let’s start with 6, put the 1 on the first square and the rest on the second. How many are on the second square?” Count everything and record the numbers on the sheet.
Can we switch the 2 groups around again? Count again and record the numbers.
Number Bonds Worksheet
Keep going until you have figured out as many variations as possible. Obviously the higher the number, the more combinations there will be. Provide extra paper for students who want to try recording all the number bonds for the higher numbers.
Once the students see how it works, they will enjoy rolling the dice and trying out different number combinations.
Number Bond Printables
Lookign for more number bond activities for kids? Check out these fun, free resources:
- Pumpkin Number Bonds to 10 Worksheet
- Glue Number Bonds to 10
- Flower Number Bonds to 20
- Acorn Number Bonds Worksheets
- Free Printable Number Bond Games
- Hands-on Apple Number Bonds
- Fun Ice Cream Number Bonds to 10 Activities
- Printable Apple Number Bond Activities
- Fishing Number Bonds to 10 Craft (free printable)
Free superhero printables
Looking for some more superhero worksheets, activities, and free printables to get your little super man excited to learn? Try these free resources!
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Kindergarten Math Game
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