These cute Thanksgiving ten frames are the perfect way to help your little learner practice their numbers, fine motor skills, and one to one correspondence.
These free Thanksgiving ten frame printables feature the numbers 1-10 with correct number formation graphics, words to trace, and colorful Thanksgiving images. Even better – there are both English and Spanish language versions available so you can help your child learn how to count in Spanish.
Because we are a bilingual household, I enjoy creating Spanish language resources for preschoolers. If your child is learning Spanish, please stop by this post for your free printable Spanish alphabet tracing pages.
You can use these ten frame cards if your child isn’t learning Spanish. The sets in English and Spanish can be used independently. If you want to use the Spanish cards, but aren’t sure how to pronounce the words, Spanish Dict has a resource for pronouncing numbers.
If you’re planning a Thanksgiving theme for your homeschool preschool or kindergarten, be sure to grab these other free resources while you’re here on The Artisan Life:
How to print and use ten frames
Ten frame cards are easy to prepare and use. Even though they’re simple to prepare and use, they’re a powerful learning tool.
How to use ten frames
Ten frames are frequently used with kindergarteners, but preschool and pre-k learners can use them to practice counting and numbers, too. They may not be ready to trace the written words with a pencil, but can trace them with a finger, color them in, or “write” them with play-dough snakes. If your little learner is ready for a pencil, these shorter, thicker pencils are fantastic for small hands.
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What are ten frames?
Ten frames are a 5×2 grid of 10 equally sized squares.
Using ten frames can help your child understand numbers better and truly learn how to count, not just recite numbers in order.
Ten frames can also help your child with subitizing, which is the ability to quickly recognize quantities without counting each one individually. (If you see three apples, you don’t think “one, two, three” to yourself – you just know there are two. This is subitizing.)
You can also use ten frames to teach addition and subtraction. It’s easy to point at the frame and demonstrate that 6 is 4 less than 10, for example.
There are several ways to fill in a ten frame with counters. One of the most common, and easiest for young learners to master, is filling in the top row of five boxes in order before moving on to the bottom row. This page from the University of Cambridge has several helpful suggestions on ways to use a ten frame and different methods of filling one in.
Using these ten frame cards to improve number sense with one-to-one correspondence is easy. Have your child place a manipulative on each image on the card, then immediately cover a box in the ten frame. Covering each image as they work can help young children remember which pictures they’ve counted and which they haven’t counted yet.
When I demonstrate counting and using a ten frame with my daughter, I always work from the upper left corner and go left to right. This is the same as reading order for both English and Spanish, so it helps reinforce literacy skills, too. She is definitely still working on left to right order, so I reinforce the practice as often as I can.
Materials needed for ten frame printables
- Free printable ten frames (The download link is lower in the post. Look for the row of purple arrows.)
- Cardstock or paper
- Laminator and pouches
- Optional but helpful. Cards are reusable and easy to clean when you laminate them.
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Small manipulatives to use as counters and tongs or tweezers, optional
- For an added fine motor challenge, have your child place the counters using large plastic tweezers or bamboo tongs.
- Dauber dot markers also work for filling in frames, if they’re not laminated and you don’t plan to reuse them.
How to print and prepare Thanksgiving ten frames
First, download your printables. Look for the link further down in the post – there’s an image that says “click here to download.”
Print the pages you want. The English pages are all together, followed by the Spanish cards. They are all together in one PDF.
Laminate the pages, if you’re using a laminator. I recommend laminating the pages for durability.
Cut out the cards along the lines. You can skip this step if you don’t have time to cut them out. The image below shows the Halloween ten frames, but the process is exactly the same for these Thanksgiving ten frames.
Use and enjoy!
Free Thanksgiving ten frame printable download
Like all preschool printables on The Artisan Life, these are for personal and single classroom use (including use with scouts groups, therapy clients, homeschool co-ops, etc.).
I hope your little learner enjoys these ten frames! Be sure to discover these additional free printables for Thanksgiving: