# Easter Ten Frames Jelly Bean Math Activity

Your preschooler or kindergartner can learn addition and subtraction concepts by composing and decomposing the number 10 with this jelly bean Easter ten frames math activity.

A great activity for preschool and kindergarten aged kiddos is working hands-on with objects to learn addition and subtraction.

We decided to work with jelly beans for our activity, but you can use other objects such as m&ms, fruit loops, popcorn, legos, etc.

Not only is this a great way to teach children to decompose numbers into pairs in more than one way, this activity also helps develop your child’s understanding of recording equations and numbers and strengthens their ability to think flexibly about numbers.

## Use Jelly Beans to Compose and Decompose 10

My kids are very visual learners. The concept of decomposition is a pretty complex math concept for young learners.

My goal was to create an activity that made it more tangible in order to help them grasp how numbers work and how numbers can be broken up (decomposed) or put back together (composed).

Using concrete objects like jelly beans (because yum!) to decompose the number 10 helps children to visualize decomposing 10 and putting together different combinations of ten.

We also took it one step further and used our Decomposition Activity Log to produce equations to match the combinations of 10 to help verbalize their observations.

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## Free Jelly Bean Math Workbook

Grab your free jelly bean math workbooks at the end of this post. Inside you’ll find great worksheets including:

• Decomposition Activity Log
• Decomposing 10 Activity Worksheet
• Ways to Make 10
• Compose 10
• Easter Ten Frames

## Composing and Decomposing the Number 10 with Jelly Beans

To begin our activity, we used our ten frames to visualize the numbers 1-10. This is a great activity to do with a preschooler.

I even used the Easter ten frames with our toddler and we counted out the jelly beans as we matched them with the correct number.

Thea, my 4yr old used her Decomposition Activity Log to record her observations as she worked through the activity.

I let her work freely and explore while I supervised. Her one rule was that she couldn’t record the same observation twice.

After she completed her observations and had worked with her jelly beans a bunch, she moved on to complete the “Ways to Make 10” combinations of ten worksheet.

With minimal direction, she started her sheet and continued to use her jelly beans to visualize the equations that she was making.

To compose 10, she worked through the “Compose 10” work page that includes both visual and equation combinations of 10.

I read the directions to her and she worked through the worksheet composing and decomposing the number 10. After she completed the page, I had her present the worksheet to me.

Talk through key learning terms and discussion questions included below.

Subtract

Equals

Decompose

Equation

## Jelly Bean Decomposition Math Activity Discussion Questions

1. What does the word decompose mean?

2. What symbol do we use to show that we have an equal amount of jelly beans?

3. How many jelly beans are on your mat?

4. When you put the jelly beans together, how many combinations can you make that form 10?

5. Can you tell me a story about your jelly beans? (ex. Thea told me a story about having 10 jelly beans. She gave me four jelly beans and then she had six left.)

Looking for some more hands-on activities that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)? Then you have to check out STEAM Kids!

This book features more than 50 hands-on activities that are organized into easy to implement categories, so you know exactly what concepts your kids are learning!

## Easter STEAM Activities

Check out these awesome Spring and Easter STEAM activities that are the perfect way to incorporate Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math into the season!

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