Ten on the Sled: Number Recognition and Counting

My kids love the song "Ten in the Bed", so I knew they would like the book Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman.  Ten animals pile on the sled for a wild ride, but one by one they fall off!

This was a great book to use for number recognition and counting.  I made a sled from an egg carton and numbered it using stickers.

For the animals I used ten plastic Easter eggs.  I made a color copy of a few pages in the book and cut out each animal.  I taped the animal to the egg and added a number sticker. 

As we read the book and each animal came off the sled, the kids removed one of the animal eggs and counted the ones remaining.  As they counted each animal, they also saw the number on the egg and the egg carton, so not only was it good counting practice, it also worked on number recognition.

This would also be a good prop to use for retelling the story.

If you liked this post, I hope you'll check out our 25 winter books and crafts.

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  1. We have (and adore) this book, too! What a fun and simple activity!!

  2. Very cute, wonderful idea and so educational for the little ones!

  3. This looks like fun. I think my kiddo might like the book...I'll have to track it down. Thanks!

  4. Wow! What a creative idea. I am so glad people have found so many uses for our little critters. Best wishes, Liza Woodruff

  5. How fun! We just got that book from the library and the kids love it! I know I have a bunch of eggs around here somewhere....

    1. Ha! Yes, this required some digging in the boxes in the basement!

  6. Hi Lorie,
    Thank you so much for featuring my book on your blog. This is such a clever activity! On my website, I have a collection of links related to TEN ON THE SLED activities. Do you mind if I add your link to that list?


    Kim Norman

  7. Very cute! We'll have to check that book out from the library and give this a try.

  8. That egg carton sled is a riot! Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

  9. What a fun book! I really love your sled! What a great way to review numbers. I am going to share this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page and Pinterest board.

  10. SUPER cute idea! I am sharing this with my Facebook readers on Saturday!

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

  11. Hi Lori. Love this game. You've made it so attractive with the clear numbers and the colours too. What fun! I'll be featuring your post as part of my maths activities for kids roundup from the Weekly Kids' Co-op. Thanks for sharing. xoxo P

  12. Just love this activity Lori! If you have time we would love for you to come link up to the winter book linky http://fun-a-day.com/diy-snowman-kit/

  13. Hey Lori. I found that putting the little Pom Pom balls in the eggs is another great game. Especially for adding and subtraction. For instance I put 5 of the Pom Pom balls in the number 5 egg. But for adding and subtraction picking 2 of the eggs.

  14. Reading Confetti,
    I present teacher training workshops. I am writing to ask permission to use one of your ten in a sled pictures in a power Point presentation. I will credit you and your site and provide the URL.
    Please reply to epostman3@cox.net


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