March 3, 2023

# Firefly Make 10 Math Game

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As the days get longer, my kids are spending more and more time outside. And with the warmer evenings comes one of my kids’ favorite activities: catching fireflies! Inspired by their love for catching these glowing bugs, I created a simple,Firefly Make 10 Math Game to play together! This game helps kids practice counting, adding and subtracting and is super easy to set up and play.

# Firefly Make 10 Math Game

This fun, summer themedÂ Firefly Make 10 Math Game is such a great way for preschool, kindergarten, and first graders to practice math.

#### Materials Needed to Play Firefly Catch:

• Instructions and spinner (included)
• Printable jar for each player (included)
• Printable firefly cards, cut apart (included)
• Paper clip and paper fastener (or pencil) to assemble the spinner

To set up the game, simply print the game pieces (BOTHÂ color and black and white are included in the download) and assemble the spinner. Then you’re ready to play!

The object of this game is to be the first to “catch” ten fireflies.

To do so, players take turns spinning:

• If they land on aÂ picture of fireflies, they canÂ addÂ that many to their jar.
• If they land on a space that says,Â “___ flew away,”Â theyÂ subtractÂ that many from their jar.
• And if they land onÂ “The top came off!”Â then, uh-oh! TheyÂ remove all the firefliesÂ from their jar because they all got away!

The first player to catchÂ exactly tenÂ fireflies wins. This means that if they have 8 already and spin a 3, they can’t do anything and play moves to the next player.

This game is a wonderful way for kids of multiple ages to explore math together. Preschoolers can practice counting, while older kids can practice adding and subtracting (have them find their total as they go by saying things like, “You have 6, but 2 flew away. How many will you have now?”).

This can also be a great way for kids to practice recognizing the number bonds of ten. Ask questions such as, “How many do you need now to make ten?” or, “If you have 6 right now, what are some different combinations you could spin to reach ten?”

If you have older ones, encourage them to use their mental math skills rather than re-counting their fireflies after each turn!

If you enjoy this game and like to combine math with reading, you may also enjoy this game to play along with the book, Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss!

No matter the ages of your kids, I hope you take some time to enjoy math together through play; it’s one of the best ways to learn!

## Counting Activities 0-10

If you are looking for some more fun, engaging, hands-on, and free printable counting activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners – check out these great resources!

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## Summer worksheets for kindergarten

Looking for more fun, summer theme educational activities for prek and kinders? Check out these free summer printables!

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## Summer Activities

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