Snake Addition and Friends of Ten Freebie

Hi friends, I wanted to stop by today with a freebie for you, and also to show you a new resource. I have had many people asking me for an addition version of my Snake Count Back Cards.

These Snake Addition Cards will be helpful for students learning counting-on for addition. To learn to count-on in addition students recognize one part of the addition as a whole number then count forward the additional part to find the total.

Teacher tips:

  • make sure students are very familiar with addition being the combination of two groups
  • make sure they can quickly see the total of one group (subitizing)
  • play games where students verbally count on from a given number - e.g. start from 6 and count forward, what is 3 more than 7
Students find the missing addend by continuing to count until they reach the total (shown on the card).

You can use the cards, once laminated, with dry erase markers. Students draw extra spots on their snake and find the missing addend.


You can ask students to use counters/chips.


Or integrate with 'fine motor' and use play dough balls. For a fun treat at a class party - use smarties or other small treats!


Included in the file is also a printable work booklet. This can be done as a follow up to the main activity.


It includes a range of addition sums, with numbers totalling no more than ten.


Students can use a crayon, or little sticky dots to find and record their answers.


And so you can encourage lots of fun addition in your classroom - why not display this 'Let's Make Ten' poster. It's free over in our store.

Free Addition Snake Poster

Thank you so much for stopping by - I hope you are having a great start to the week!