String Obstacle Course to Find the Number Bonds to 10.
If number bonds is a new term for you, let us explain.
Basically, it is a math addition fact. What are all the number pairs that equal 10? 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 6+4, 5+5 (and backwards). Those are the number bonds of the number 10.
We love "move and learn" activities - we like to combine learning math or sight words or other facts with a gross motor activity whenever possible. So we're going to combine this with an obstacle course that you can make with string.
If your kids are not old enough to understand or work on number bonds, have them do the string obstacle course to find matching numbers.
We used a deck of cards for the numbers. But sticky notes, or index cards would work the same if you want to try higher numbers.
Before doing the activity with the kids, you have to first set it up quickly. You can see in the pictures they wove string back and forth between a hallway of chairs. But you can also tape the string to hallway walls (use painter's tape!). You can keep the string low to the ground and mostly all at the same level, or if you tape it to the wall you can go up and down.
The string setup reminds us of the tire courses that football players use to step through. This has the same concept. Your kids will step through the string obstacle course.
You can set this up with both the matching numbers and the number bonds (one on each side), or just one or the other, depending on how many kids will be doing it, and their ages. Clip cards/numbers from a deck of cards (or index cards) onto the string using clothespins.
For littler kiddos, make sure to have a match of each card for them to find. We set up two fours, two twos, two fives and so on.
For a bit older child, set up cards/numbers to make number bonds to 10. If they choose a number, 4 for example, they need to find the matching number bond, 6, as they step through the course.
You can tape lines on the floor at the end of the course where the children can put their matches when they get to the end of the course, each time. Have them take turns going through the course. For us, though, eventually they get antsy to go, go, go, and they'll end up going at the same time.
The older ones will choose their number to begin with and looked to find the number bond match.
The littler ones will choose a number and find a more basic number match (perfect for a preschooler learning their numbers).
This activity has so much going on! It will definitely be a hit.
- Older kids will practice number bonds to 10.
- Little ones will practice matching and recognizing numbers.
- All of them will get up and moving working on gross motor skills.
- All of them will work on fine motor skills with the clothespins.
- And all will have smiles and fun doing it!
We call that a winner of an activity!