These ten frame cards are going to be a hit with your dinosaur lover! They are a fun way to get extra practice with number recognition and counting with a dinosaur theme. Use them with a pencil on the go, laminate them and use with a dry erase marker over and over again, or add playdough for a fun twist.
How to Use
- Print the ten frame cards. They include numbers 1 – 20.
- Laminate this ten frame activity.
- Use a dry erase marker to trace the numerals.
- Put the corresponding number of counters such as gems, buttons, pom poms, or blocks in the ten frame.
Dinosaur Playdough Mats
I love using these cards as playdough mats. Trace the numbers and then roll playdough balls (or dinosaur eggs if you want to extend the dinosaur theme) and put the matching amount on the ten frame. Working with play dough strengthens fine motor skills too. You could even use a play dinosaur to walk on each spot of play dough and leave footprints as you count.
On each number card, you will see the numeral to trace and ten frames to put the matching number of dots (or blocks or play dough balls). Number words are not included on the ten frame mats because they are not necessary for this age group. If you are working with older children, you can always write the number word at the top of the mat.
Why are ten frames important?
Ten frames are a great way to strengthen number sense. Young children can build a picture in their mind of what a number looks like and that gives them a way to manipulate numbers in addition and subtraction. Putting one item in each square while counting strengthens one-to-one correspondence. It is a great opportunity to work with those tricky teen numbers. This activity is a great addition to Math centers.
Download the Dinosaur Ten Frames
Looking for more free dinosaur printables? These free dinosaur games and activities will make learning fun. With shape matching, dot to dots, counting games, mazes, puzzles, and more all with a dinosaur theme.
I’m sure you already have dinosaur books that you love. Here are a few that we love in case you want to grow your collection. (affiliate links)
Nonfiction Dinosaur Books
Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine Hughes
My favorite part about this book are the incredible illustrations. This book has a bunch of fun facts and the information is appropriate for your little learner.
The Dinosaur Book by John Woodward
This book is full of information for all readers through diagrams, pictures, and drawings.
The Colorful World of Dinosaurs by Matt Sewell
I just adore the watercolor illustrations that go with these dinosaur facts. Sometimes pictures of ferocious dinosaurs can be scary for young children. These pictures are soft and lead to curiosity and wonder.
I Am a Dinosaur by Rebecca and James McDonald
This is a great introduction to dinosaurs for young kids!
Fiction Dinosaur Books
The Impatient Dinosaur by Sarah Reed
A quick read that illustrates an important lesson, the importance of having patience. This book can open up discussions about feelings, frustration, and the needs of others.
How to Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace
Join kids on an adventure as they try to catch a dinosaur and bring it to the school Science Fair to prove that dinosaurs are still living. Recommended for ages 4 to 10.
Dinosaur Lady by Linda Skeers
This book is actually a true story of Mary Anning, the first female paleontologist. However, I grouped it with the fiction books because it is her story and is different than dinosaur books full of facts. This book takes you along with her on her discoveries and gives you a glimpse into the world of paleontology.
If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey
What would you do if you happen to have a dinosaur sitting around your house. This book will bring many giggles as you see how a dinosaur could be used for simple every day tasks.
Why not try a few dinosaur crafts too? These dinosaur crafts are simple and fun. Pick one or two and give them a try today.
Make your own dinosaur fossils with a few simple ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Make them for your kids as a surprise or make them together. This idea is so much fun!
Create a 3D cardboard dinosaur that stands up on its own. This fun craft will lead to hours of pretend play. Make several dinosaurs and build a land for them out of blocks or a huge cardboard box. Let the fun begin!
Make dinosaur skeletons with pasta! What a clever way to get creative as you learn more about dinosaurs.
Cut and paste your way to this awesome dinosaur hat. Stomp and roar your way around the house like your favorite dinosaur.
Enjoy these dinosaur ten frames, activities, and crafts with your dinosaur lovers!