My class is obsessed with stacking cups. Anytime I put a stacking cups activity in our centers, they go crazy for them! So why not keep using something that engages the students and excites them for learning?! And stacking cups are a great hands on STEM activity that includes content. So it’s a win win for everyone! Today we’re talking about ten frames stacking cups!
Ten Frames Stacking Cups
You need: plastic cups like Solo cups
labels (Which I have made for you!)
I found black and orange cups at War-Mart so we are using those colors. The cool thing about using plastic cups is that the colors change seasonally so you can always find fun colors to use with stacking cups!
To make the cups you simply apply the labels to the cups. Pick a color the numbers and a color for the ten frames.
Using Stacking Cups
To use, students choose a ten frame cup, count the dots and then find the matching number. As they find more matches, they begin to stack the cups! The challenge is figuring out how many cups you need on the base so you can make all the cups into one giant pyramid!
As they match the cups I will also have them writing the number and making the ten frame on their recording sheet. Click the picture to get your ten frame sheet!
To get your free labels, click the image below! (NOTE: All printers are different. Please test your labels before printing!) These are printed on Avery Shipping Labels #8163.
For more ten frame resources, check out this ten frames bundle:
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Hello Greg! This is a beautiful post! I JUST ran math centers in class for the first time today with center leaders and it was seamless (with the exception of one group finding a mistake in mislabeling my laminated matching math cards). I chuckled and said teachers make mistakes too. I’ll e going through all 80 cards to see which set it belongs to. Haha! I cannot wait to implement this into my math centers. I have a good feeling they’ll love it. I think I’ll use this idea for upper and lower case letter matching or even letter sound matching. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for an awesome idea and post! Ps, first year kindergarten ESL teacher to 19 little friends. Kudos to you on 11 years!