# Counting in ones and counting in tens activities

If your kid is going to first grade start thinking in Counting in ones and counting in tens activities. Those are great to help you teach your kid the basis of maths. Check some good examples in this post.

## Counting in ones and counting in tens activities : ideas for teaching place values

Typically in first grade children learn place value, but for they understand it they have to be able to name small numbers, do additions and subtractions (of course with small numbers), but most important they need to understand about groups in counting. That’s because when children count, they learn numbers as a continuum and they might not catch on to the inherent structure of system of groups of ten, hundreds, and so on.

But don’t stress. There are many activities for your children understand that. Do some of Counting in ones and counting in tens activities and you certainly will see the difference.

BEANS OR ROCKS COUNTING

If you are starting to teach your kid counting in groups of ten it is the easier way for they understand the system. Place a pile of beans on the table. Make groups of ten and let some individual apart of the groups.

E.g. Make 4 ten-groups and leave 7 beans apart. And explain him that you have 4 groups of ten and 7 individual beans. Follow this system until he catch the idea. Always with ten-groups and some left-overs. At this time you can introducing the basic names: twenty, thirty, forty, and so on.

GROUPING OBJECTS

This Counting in ones and counting in tens activities is another way to explain tens and ones to your kid is grouping in ten objects in a bag. Basically you will use the same system above. Put in the bags some toys, e.g., in ten-groups and some left-overs. You will always explain him that you will have tens and ones. E.g. 4 tens (into the bags – so you will have 4 bags) and 5 left-overs, so he will have forty-five.

It’s important that your kid understand that counting in groups is easier, mainly if we are leading with large numbers.

COUNTING GAME

This game is similar to the “Grouping objects”. One more time you will group objects in a bag but this time you have to ask your child not to use words like eleven or twelve. He will only be allowed to use words from one to ten. So, each player will put on the bags the number of objects they want and he will have to say how many of them are in it, but never using numbers live fourteen. In this case he will have to say 1 ten and four.

Every time a bag is fulfilled with 1 ten you may close it.

You can do it with your own rules. E.g. You can ask that each player add only one object at time, or two. A funny Counting in ones and counting in tens activities that will make your kid understand the structure of grouping numbers!

## Counting in ones and counting in tens activities : Some exercises

1. Add a ten by drawing another ten-column. Subtract a ten by crossing out a ten-column.

2. Fill in.

Doing these activities will make your children learn the basic structure of counting in tens and ones, but thinking them in groups, and not individually like they usually do. This is very important for their mental development, mainly when they are entering on the first grade. So let’s play with Counting in ones and counting in tens activities.