12 Days of Holiday Freebies, Day 1: Gingerbread Man Ten Frames

Gingerbread Man Ten Frame Freebie from HeidiSongs

Happy Holidays!  We have decided to give you the gift of one free download per day from now until December 19th!  And today’s freebie is a complete set of Gingerbread Man Ten Frames in color AND in black and white!  We hope that you and your little ones will enjoy this resource and the ones coming!  (Pss:  They ALL have a Gingerbread Man theme!)

If you are wondering why we are doing this, well, I’ll go ahead and tell you!  First of all, we really appreciate YOU, our fans and customers!  

Second, we are going to highlight one product in each post that might make a nice educational gift for a child you know.  Please feel free to pass these gift ideas along to friends, family, and parents of students or children in your care.  Remember, the more that children learn at home, the easier the job of the teacher or child care worker will be!

Do you know what you can do with ten frames?  

Ten frames are a great way to help children build number sense.  Holiday themed ten frames can make math practice a little bit more fun and interesting for you and your students during the holiday season, or whenever you choose to use them!

Some examples of use are:
“Write It and Build It.” Have children write equations to match the ten frame and build them with manipulatives. The first ten frame below would be 5 + 5 = 10; the second ten frame below it would be 5 + 4 = 9

Gingerbread Man Ten Frame

Play “Show Me, Tell Me.”  Show the children the ten frame, and have them practice showing you how many fingers it represents.
Play “Go Fish for Ten” with ten frame cards. This plays like the traditional version of Go Fish, but children must try to get two cards that make ten, rather than two matching cards.
Be sure to follow this blog for more great ideas, and also follow me on Pinterest!  Here is a link to my Math ideas board and my Math Centers Board.  I’m always adding new ideas to them!

Our featured educational gift idea for today is our Colors and Shapes DVD!



This DVD is perfect for home use because it has fun animations to help keep children interested and engaged without any prompting from adults.  This is especially good for those reluctant learners!  This DVD helps kids learn the eleven basic colors, color words, and nine basic shapes, so it is a preschool staple, and it’s just $15.




Here is the link to download the free Gingerbread Man Ten Frames.  Enjoy!


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Heidi Butkus

About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
  1. Thanks Heidi! We are LOVING using the gingerbread man in our December learning in TK right now. I am excited to put your freebies to good use! We are also streaming your Sight Word, Color Words, Musical Math, and Jumpin Numbers DVDs through Vimeo this year. (Our district got all teachers new Macbook Airs this year – yay! – but they do not have DVD drives in them – boo. Thanks for giving the “rental” option through Vimeo…the TK parents can’t believe how many sight words their kids already know! Very thankful for all that you do!

  2. Thanks so much Heidi… we really appreciate you in my class! The kids were so excited when I got out the new math CDs bought last week! Yeay! Wish we had been able to start with them, but I know they will just take off with them now!

    Please know how many lives you are affecting for the good! 🙂

  3. Hola! I can’t wait to use this resource with my ELA (English as a second Language Learners) students whom are going to strongly benefit from this resource! Thanks again:)

  4. I teach Kindergarten and have a challenging class this year. Most of these kids did not know any letters, much less sight words.I bought your sight word DVD’s. We listen to them as much as we can. One day I told my kids to go line up. One little boy started singing G-O, G-O, G-O, go, go, go ,go go. go etc. The whole class joined in and started singing. They are learning, writing, reading , dancing and singing their little hearts out to sight words. Thank you so much for such a great product. I am going to buy some more DVD’s you have us all hooked. 🙂

    • Wow, that’s WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Tricia! I love to hear that! Thank you so much! And God bless you for being willing to work with such a challenging group. They’ll come along!

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