I mentioned in our snowball math activity that my first grader is working on doubles facts. If you’re not familiar with doubles facts they are an addition strategy that can used to solve basic math problems. By first learning the basic doubles facts (3+3=6, 8+8=16, etc), children can use that knowledge to help them solve near doubles facts and more complex problems.
So far Lovey has mastered the doubles facts for 0 to 5, but she still struggles to recall the doubles facts for 6 to 10 quickly. I made this fun printable set to give her more opportunities to practice these facts in a hands-on way.
The set includes seven pages. There are game boards for coloring the sum for doubles facts 0 to 5, coloring the sum for doubles facts 5 to 10, and recording the addition set for doubles facts. There are also printable number cubes that are color coded to match the different game boards.
To play choose the game board and the number cube of your choice. Then set those out with crayons and small manipulatives to practice modeling the doubles fact. We used heart confetti from Dollar Tree. You could also use heart candies, small erasers, or any small item you have on hand.
The goal is for kids to become fluent enough to simply roll the cube and mentally compute the sum, but in the beginning it is helpful to use the manipulatives to model what is happening. That way we’re sure that they understand what it really means to make a double, not that they have simply memorized that fact without grasping the concept too.
After the child computes the sum, color in the matching heart. Then roll again and continue adding and coloring until the pages is complete.
In this free printable set you get free game boards and game cubes that focus on adding doubles. If you need more options for differentiating instruction and teaching even more early math skills then the full 28 page game set may be best for your needs.
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