Adding to 10 Math Games

Adding to Ten Math Games

I met with an Editorial Director at Charlesbridge Publishing a few weeks ago, and she invited me to submit my picture book manuscripts. I had gone to an author event at Charlesbridge last year with my son to learn about Paul Reynolds’ latest books with his brother, Ish! author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.

I have, in fact, have a picture book manuscript with an adding to ten concept and my dream publisher for this book would be, in fact Charlesbridge. My son and I read every single book of their Sir Cumference series. He likes math picture books a lot!

I thought I’d add an Adding to Ten Back Matter page to my book.

Adding to 10 Math Games

What’s In My Hand?

Adding to Ten Math Games
Use ten dried beans, coins, or other small objects that fit in the palm of your hand. Divide them randomly into two piles and hold one in each closed fist.

Open one hand and ask, “what’s in my hand?” Using the number of objects in the open hand, the person playing the game with has to figure out how many are hidden in your other hand.


Roll a Dice Adding to Ten Game

Roll a dice that is numbered one to six. Use a timer to track how fast you can figure out how many more you need to add to ten with the number that you rolled.


Roll Two Dice Adding to Ten Game

Use two dice and roll together to see if the numbers add to ten. If it does, the person rolling says the sum: 4 + 6 = 10, and gets one point. If your dice add to ten, you get another turn,. If the dice numbers don’t add up to ten, , pass the dice to the next person on your right. The first person with ten points wins.


Go Fish Adding to Ten Card Game

Use a deck of playing cards, but just use the number cards, removing all the face cards (Joker, King, Queen, and Jack) and the 10 cards. Keep the Ace for the number 1. Each player draws seven cards. If any of the cards adds to ten, the player put them down in front of them, one stack for each set that adds to ten.

The first person can ask another player for a number. If that person has the card, he/she hands it over. If not, “go fish” and the person takes a card from the deck. The person to the right has the next turn.

Adding to 10 Math Games

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. That’s great you were invited to submit you manuscripts, Mia . You really have a lot of energy and do so much. And, a new book on the way!
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  2. Best of luck with the MS! And I like the games. When my son was in about 3rd grade, he figured out how to use Legos to do addition, subtractions, and fractions 🙂

  3. Great stuff… Thanks for sharing Mia…
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  4. Pinned! I just noticed today that my youngest son still doesn’t know all his 10 facts.
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