# Number Bonds up to 10

A number bond is simply a pair of numbers that adds up to another number. "Getting" how numbers are made up is a crucial skill for children and provides a foundation for so much that comes after, particularly addition and subtraction, so a really good understanding of number bonds - and even some learning by rote of number bonds to 10 - can be very useful at this stage.

If you can help a child to understand that a number can be "broken into pieces" or "decomposed" in a variety of different ways, you are on the right track! Your ultimate aim is for the children to be able to recall all the number bonds to 10 easily and instantly.

• Start with 5 - it's an easy one for the kids to grasp.
• Break it up! This is a really good introductory activity for starting to teach children the concept of number bonds.
• Take a stack of small paper plates. Grab a collection of similar objects, such as counters, animals, snap cubes (or Lego bricks) - or cookies, if you dare. Give your child 5 objects and ask them to count them then to put them onto 2 plates.
• Put that pair of plates together as a pair, and place 2 more plates below it. Give your child another 5 objects and ask them to count them, then find another way to put the object on the plates.
• Repeat, with guidance if necessary, until you have 6 pairs of plates with 0 + 5, 5 + 0, 1 + 4, 4 + 1, 3 + 2 and 2 + 3 objects on them. (Note: some children will recognise that some of these pairs are in fact the same. If your child does, just remove the extra pairs and leave 3 in total).
• Look at the pairs of plates and make number sentences like this:
• 3 bricks and 2 bricks make 5 bricks altogether.
• We can make 5 bricks by using 4 bricks and 1 brick.
• So now we know that 1 and 4 make 5.
• We can split 5 bricks into 5 on one plate and zero on the other plate. That means 5 and zero make five.
• Discuss whether making 5 from 3 and 2 is the same as making 5 into 2 and 3.
• Write out the number bonds for 5. You can use our blank Break It Up Number Bond Worksheets below.
• When your child is happy with number bonds for 5, move on to another number with the same process.
• Make number bond bracelets. You will need pipe cleaners (chenille stems) and pony beads in assorted colours. Make one bracelet for each number from 3 to 10, using the same colour of bead for each individual number (and ideally a different colour for each number if possible). Thread the correct number of beads onto the pipe cleaner and then fix it into a circle by bending the ends over each other (you might want to cut a little off to make it manageable, but the kids won't wear these bracelets, just use them as manipulatives). Using a mailing label or something similar, fold it in half over the join so that it sticks to itself to form a tag and then write the number on it. Children can now "break" the beads up into different combinations to get a hands on experience of number bonds.
• Use printables. You can use our Break It Up printable or our I Can Make Number Bonds Mats with counters or other small objects to revise what you have learned. You will find them in the Resources section below

## More Number Bond Ideas

• Use snap cubes (or Lego bricks) in two different colours. Build a tower of bricks using as many different combinations of the same 2 colours as possible. Start by building 6 towers for the number bonds of 5. Children could colour the different towers on our Number Bond Tower Posters and Number Bond Tower Worksheets from the Resources section below.
• Sit and stand. Grab 5 children - or your target number. Ask 1 child to sit. Make the number sentence: "1 child is sitting and 4 children are standing. How many children altogether?" Now ask another child to sit and change the sentence: "2 children are sitting and 3 children are standing. How many children altogether?" Work through until you have all 5 children sitting, then get them all standing up again. Each time encourage them to call out how many children there are altogether. Follow this activity by writing out the number bonds together.
• Ten Towers. Print out our blank Ten Towers (below) and cut them to the size of the number bond you are learning. Ask the children to colour in the Ten Tower in as many different combinations of two colours as possible.
• Mix and Match cards. Print out our (large) set of Mix and Match number bond cards and turn them in to double-sided flash cards following the instructions on that page. Use only the cards that relate to the number bonds as your child learns them. They can use the flash cards to test themselves by looking at the equation and saying the answer out loud or to themselves before turning the card over to see if they got it right. You could also encourage them to look for other number bonds for the same number.

## Number Bonds to 10

• Aim for instant recall of the numbers bonds to 10.
• Ten Towers. Print out our blank Ten Towers (below) and ask the children to colour in the Ten Tower in as many different combinations of two colours as possible.
• Play Snap Challenge. At any random time during the day call out "Snap Challenge - Number Bonds to 10 - I give you 4!" Your child must quickly answer 6! Give 3 or 4 challenges at a time. Encourage your child to Snap Challenge you, too.
• Worksheets. You will find our Number Bonds to 10 worksheets from the Resources section below.

## All Rainbow Number Bond Worksheets 5 to 10

Here is our complete set of rainbow number bond worksheets, starting at 5 and working up to 10. Download them in zip format and then extract.

## Autumn Leaves Number Bonds to 10

Practise number bonds to 10 along with colouring skills with this fun worksheet. The kids need to draw a line between 2 leaves that add up to 10, then colour them in matching colours.

## Balloon Number Bonds to 10 Worksheet

Children need to identify the 11 balloons on this worksheet that carry number bonds to 10 and colour them in. Fun!

## Break It Up Number Bond Charts

Use these Break It Up Number Bond charts with our Break It Up Printables, or just work through them on their own recording the different possibilities for breaking down each number.

## Break It Up Printable

Used to help children understand and learn number bonds, this printable comes in colour or black and white (which can be printed onto coloured card, if you wish). Take any number of counters from 2 to 10 (5 is a good number to start with) and place them in the WHOLE section.

## Car Matching Number Bonds to 10

Print out this lovely set of cars onto card and cut out the pieces. We've kept the outline nice and simple to make it a relatively easy job. Can the children match up the cars to make 10?

## Christmas Number Bonds to 10 Colouring Activity

These festive stockings and presents are a fun way to help the kids practise number bonds to 10 this Christmas. Can they add the missing number so each pair of stockings or presents adds up to 10? Choose from the UK or US version of this worksheet below.

## Colour Number Bonds to 10

Colour the pairs of butterflies to make 10. This worksheet is a cute activity for children who are just starting on number bonds to 10. We have similar pages for 20, 30 and 50 too.

## Counting Cubes Large Ten Colours

This is a ten page file with ten different colours of large counting cubes - perfect for when you need something for cutting and sticking into maths notebooks. They might also be useful when you want to do a "hands-on" activity but don't have any maths manipulatives to hand.

## Counting Cubes Ten of Each Colour

This set of printable counting cubes includes 10 of each colour, including a "top" cube. We've spaced them so that you can cut them out as quickly as possible.

## Counting Cubes Towers of Ten

When you need a manipulative but don't have any to hand, these "paper" versions might be useful - and they are also great for cutting and pasting onto home-made posters and displays.

## Counting Cubes Towers of Ten All Colours

This 2-page printable contains 10 ready-stacked towers of our counting cubes for you to cut out and use with other same-size printables in the collection, in 10 different colours.

## Flower Number Bond Posters

These colourful flower number bond posters will look great displayed around the classroom, or you could test the children on their number bonds by covering 'petals' and asking the kids for the missing answer.

## Flower Number Bond Worksheets 1

Can the children fill in the missing numbers so the numbers on the petals add up correctly? You might like to use these worksheets form number bonds from 5 to 10 alongside our flower number bond posters.

## Flower Number Bond Worksheets 2

These flower number bond worksheets are great for helping kids practise and develop essential number bond skills.  This pack has a worksheet for number bonds from 5 to 10, and you can use it alongside our flower number bo

## I Can Make Number Bonds Mat

Print our I Can Make Number Bonds mat onto white or coloured card and laminate if you wish for repeat use. Use it with a collection of small objects, counters or snap cubes to help children work out how larger numbers can be broken into smaller parts - in other words, number bonds.

## Kite Number Bonds to 10 Poster

This colourful poster illustrates all the number bonds to 10 on the string of a kite! Perfect for printing and displaying in the classroom, or you could use it on a whiteboard.

## Kite Number Bonds to 10 Worksheet

Practice number bonds to 10 with the help of this fun kite worksheet - then colour it in too if you like!

## Kite Number Bonds to 5 Poster

Here's a fun poster to help practise number bonds with the kids. Each bow on the string of the kite has two numbers that add together to make the number 5 at the top of the kite.

## Kite Number Bonds to 5 Worksheet

This fun kite worksheet will make practising number bonds to 5 enjoyable for the kids! Fill in the missing numbers, then colour in the kite too if you like...

## Kite Number Bonds to 6 Poster

Print and display this colourful kite number bonds poster to help the children learn their number bonds up to 6, or you could laminate it to make a reusable mat...

## Kite Number Bonds to 6 Worksheet

Can the children work out which numbers add up to 6 and fill in the blanks on the bows of the kite string?

## Kite Number Bonds to 7 Poster

This bright and breezy kite poster will make learning number bonds to 7 fun! Perfect for printing and displaying on the classroom wall, or for use on a whiteboard.

## Kite Number Bonds to 7 Worksheet

The children will enjoy practising their number bonds up to 7 with this fun kite worksheet. Use it together with our Kite Number Bonds to 7 Poster.

## Kite Number Bonds to 8 Poster

Number bonds are an essential skill for younger children, and our colourful printables make learning them much more fun! This poster displays number bonds to 8 on a pretty kite - perfect for printing and displaying around the classroom, or use on the whiteboard.

## Kite Number Bonds to 8 Worksheet

Ask the children to fill in the blanks on each bow of the kite to make the sums add up to 8 - a fun way to practise number bonds!

## Kite Number Bonds to 9 Poster

Here's a fun way to teach the children number bonds up to 9! Print this bright and cheerful kite number bonds poster and put up on a classroom wall, or display on the whiteboard for a class activity.

## Kite Number Bonds to 9 Worksheet

The kids can practise their number bonds up to 9 with this kite worksheet. Use it together with our Kite Number Bonds to 9 poster.

## Mix and Match Number Bond Cards up to 10

This set of mix and match cards - a 17 page pdf file - covers all the maths facts up to 10. We've designed it so that you can use it to make quick double-sided flash cards.

## Number Bond Challenge Worksheets Set 1

Help the kids get to grips with number bonds with this set of 4 fun worksheets. We provide 2 of the numbers and ask the children to fill in the 3rd. And there's an extra little challenge on each worksheet, too.

## Number Bond Tower Posters

This set of posters shows us building towers of snap cubes to illustrate number bonds from 3 to 10. Use them to prompt your own tower building, or for reference in the classroom perhaps.

## Number Bond Tower Worksheets

We've provided towers of snap cubes for the kids to colour, and the number bond "sums" to help them do it. Now all they need to do is grab 2 colours and work their way through, learning (or revising) their number bonds as they go.

## Number Bond Triangles to 10

These useful number bond cards come in colour or black and white and can be used to help children learn their number bonds to 10, addition within 10, subtraction within 10 and fact families.

## Number Bonds to 10 Ten Towers Worksheet

Make sure the kids are up to scratch with this number bonds to 10 colouring activity.

## Number Bracelet Recording Sheets

Use these recording sheets with the kids to write down the various number bonds you have found with your home-made number bracelets. Get the kids to draw the various combinations of beads on the bracelets and then write the equations below.

## Owl Number Bonds Blank

We've done 2 sizes, 2 colours and 1 black and white of our number bond owls, for use in your number bond / addition work. Cut out and laminate if you wish, although it's not necessary. Then use with counters or beads.

## Owl Number Bonds to 5 Digits

Print and cut out these cards and get the kids to put them back together again so that each owl adds up to 5. We have colour and black and white versions (these look great printed onto coloured card) and UK and US school fonts.

## Owl Number Bonds to 5 Stars

Available in colour or black and white (print onto coloured card for a fun effect), these owl number bond cards are cut in half for the children to count and put back together again.

## Rainbow Number Bonds Posters to 10

We've got 11 printable posters in this set of number bonds to 10, illustrated with a colourful rainbow. Use on the whiteboard or print them out for display. We have a corresponding worksheet, too.

## Rainbow Number Bonds Posters to 5

This 6-page pdf file illustrates all the number bonds to 5 in lovely rainbow format. These would look lovely on display in the classroom, and would be fun to click through on the whiteboard, too. We have a matching worksheet, too.

## Ten Towers Blank Black and White

Here is a simple page of blank black and white ten towers to print and cut out. Laminate for repeat use or stick them into a workbook. Alternatively cut the whole block of ten towers out or just turn the page and use them for counting and number activities.

## Ten Towers Number Bonds to 10

This set of Ten Towers includes "counters" illustrating the possible number bonds to 10. Cut them out separately for counting and number bond practice, or cut them out as blocks and join together to make a colourful wall chart or mat.

Shelly shares ideas and photos of her children learning number bonds in creative ways.
Creative Ideas for Learning Number Bonds