# Flip-Flop

A Flip-Flop is an easy-to-make, versatile, visual resource for use in mental/oral work.

Download it, cut it up and assemble it using clear sticky-back plastic to give you a versatile counting resource. Perfect for practising counting skills, or developing confidence with number bonds to 10.

mathsticks Flip Flops are excellent aids for the mental and oral maths section of any mathematics lesson with young childen.

As a staring point, with Nursery or Reception, let your children count the faces with you. When they are certain there are 10 you can then play a game.

By folding the Flip  Flop once along any division you can hide some faces, flipping them away from the children. Then ask the children to count how many they can still see facing them; then, ask them to work out how many they think must be hidden from them, on your side. For example, if they see 6, how many must be hidden?

You can speed up the questioning by saying:

"How many can you see?" -- Answer = 6

"How many can I see?" -- Answer = 4

The first question can be used as an assessment of their counting ability, the second relies on thier knowledge and confidence with number bonds.

Flip Flops are so versatile because, after a little experimentation and/or practice, the whole thing becomes second nature - easy to use and no fiddly bits to lose.

Every division where the Flip Flop can fold will reveal a different number bond to 10:  9 + 1, 8 + 2, 7 + 3, 6 + 4, 5 + 5...

Using this simple activity together with focussed questioning to help early years children develop confidence with their number bonds to 10. If you want to maintain full activity have the children show you the hidden number by holding up a number fan, showing the relevant number of fingers or signalling the number with the mathsicks Counting Signs.

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### I have been searching for a

I have been searching for a number bond flip-flop having used one during a teaching practise years ago. Now have a year 2 class with a few children that still struggle with number bonds.  This will be great to help them experiment in a new, hand-on way...  will also be downloading the mini version. Many thanks
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### Thanks for these! They look

Thanks for these! They look to be exactly what I need after my class struggled today with number bonds! Hopefully they will engage the children tomorrow and save my sanity!
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### That's good to hear...

That's good to hear... mathsticks saves teacher's sanity!

Thanks for the feedback - and good luck.

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### Hi Just found your web site.

Hi Just found your web site. I am going into a new Year One class after teaching in Reception for the last 7 years and was worried what and how I could teach maths. After browsing around for a while I can see that I won't have much trouble finding fantastic resources to use. Thank you so much.
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### This is wonderful & simple

This is wonderful & simple  way to practice/ reinforce number bonds to 10.  Thanks!
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### This is a great visual

This is a great visual resource for revisiting number bonds to 10. Thank you!
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### Thank you so much.  This is

Thank you so much.  This is exactly what I was looking for :)
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### What a great idea! I am

What a great idea! I am going to get my G&T group to see if they can work out how to make their own: problem solving!
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### A great development - thanks

A great development - thanks for sharing the idea. Let me know how the chidren get on.
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### I'm sure my class will love

I'm sure my class will love these. Great graphics and a simple yet fun way to understand number bonds to 10!
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### fantastic, its what made me

fantastic, its what made me register!
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Thank you. I had made one of these before, but I cannot find mine and this is much quicker :)) My 1-1 pupil loves it too
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### Thank you. I'm using this

Thank you. I'm using this with my intervention group.
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### A useful resource thank you,

A useful resource thank you, I have used it at home with my children and in the classroom. It would be good to have a blank template so that children could design their own flip flop. This could relate to a class topic or individual interest.
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### A useful idea - I'm sure we

A useful idea - I'm sure we can add a blank template for this teaching resource. Watch this space!
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### We play a similar game with

We play a similar game with dots on a tens frame board. I think my children will love the faces on this flip flop game and they will probably be more engaged!
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### I use this large version with

I use this large version with my class. It works very well with my Year 1 class. I use it with small groups of similar ability to improve the pace of recall.
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### I love these. Will definately

I love these. Will definately use them with my Numbers Count children.Thanks.
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### Thanks again for the positive

Thanks again for the positive response to this resource. I know it's popular (200 downloads to date), and very useful. I'll be working on further enhancements and adaptations to this one shortly.

Thanks,

John

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### Saw these being used on a

Saw these being used on a maths course, was going to make my own but you have saved me some time thanks!!!
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### fantastic, along with the A3

fantastic, along with the A3 and the mini we are ready to work on number bonds until we've got it cracked!!!
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### I like the look of this and

I like the look of this and have also downloaded the mini-flipflops.
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### great starter and for my TA

great starter and for my TA to use 1:1
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### Yes, a great one to work with

Yes, a great one to work with one-to-one with an adult. Thanks for posting, and let me know how the children get on using the flip-flop...

John

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### Looking forward to using

Looking forward to using this. Thank you.
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