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The Importance of 10

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Here are 10 Reasons that 10 is so important

  1. Ten is the highest score possible in Olympic competitions.
  2. A woman’s total height is approximately 10 times the length of her hand.
  3. Crabs have 10 legs
  4. The Prime Minister lives at No.10 Downing Street
  5. The Ten Commandments are crucial to Judaism and Christianity
  6. Number ten symbolizes the completion of a cycle.
  7. 10 seconds determines a ‘knockout’ in boxing
  8. Capricorn is the tenth astrological sign in the Zodiac. (December 21st – January 20th) & covers Christmas
  9. Ten is the very first number that uses 2 digits
  10. Ten is the base of the decimal numeral system, by far the most common system of denoting numbers in both spoken and written language. The reason for the choice of ten is assumed to be that humans have ten fingers (digits).

And that brings me nicely on to the importance of 10 in maths and Number Bonds. Earlier this week PLYTIME tutoring celebrated its 250th child attending a session (see what I did there with a multiple of 10?) Over that time we’ve learnt a lot, never mind the children, but Number Bonds has continued to stand out as critical and something that not all children know very well. If you think about it, all our columns work in 10’s  – it’s the base of our numeral system – so if a child knows their number bonds to 10, they have a great foundation for any addition. 


There are many ways that you can help your child learn their number bonds but we know children love learning through play so we like to make it part of a fun game. 

This could be really simple such as during a car journey asking your child what goes with 2, what goes with 6, what goes with 9 etc. to make 10…Let them use their fingers. Let them use their toes.  Let them use yours!  Just get them used to seeing what makes 10. 

Chart of number bonds to 10

Another great way is to play table games – PLYT with Number Bonds (see Options) is a really good way to practise without kids realising they are learning or try NumBugz Bondz to help your child practise and master these number facts whilst also honing their memory skills.  Plus we’ve just this week released our latest NumBugz game – Bingo Bondz – it’s a great way to keep practising those bonds and having some family bingo fun!

However you choose to help your child master their Number Bond Facts, you can be sure that you’re giving them a real life skill and showing them the importance of 10!

Do you know any other interesting facts about the number 10?

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  1. Megan

    Really cute article honoring the Number Ten. Forwarded it to a 5th grade teacher friend so she can use it to get the kids more engaged in how math isn’t just numbers on a piece of paper. Thanks much for all your hard work and research.

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