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Cats and Dogs

Draw a ten frame and pretend it's a pet hotel. Use stickers of cats and dogs to explore different combinations of ten animals in the hotel.

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Extending this activity

  • -Encourage your child to think flexibly by asking more questions. “Is there more than one solution to this problem? How can you find out? How many solutions are there?”

    -Pretend your pet hotel accepts animals other than cats and dogs. You can read the book “Pets, Pets, Pets” by Kathy Henderson for ideas of other animals. Find combinations of three animals, four animals, and so on.

Adjust for an older child

There are eleven combinations to solve this problem. Challenge your child to find all of them. (0+10, 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5, 6+4, 7+3, 8+2, 9+1, 10+0). You may need to point out that 1 cat + 9 dogs is different than 1 dog + 9 cats.

Adjust for a younger child

Find combinations of five or fewer for the younger child.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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