If your kiddo is starting their grade 1 school year, they will soon become familiar with number bonds. This new skill of learning addition usually follows the counting-on method, and is designed to give logic to numbers. This intro to number bonds & FREE worksheets for numbers 2, 3, 4, & 5 will hopefully make a great introduction to what number bonds are & how they work.
So let’s start with the definition of number bonds
Before you become completely frazzled, especially if you’re new to number bonds, here’s what it actually means…
Number BondsIt is a mental picture of the relationship between a number and the parts that combine to make it. For example 3+2=5
In other words, number bonds show how numbers join together to form a particular number. If we take the example above a little further, you will actually see that there are many more number bonds of 5: 1+4=5, 2+3=5 and 4+1= 5.
Teaching this intro to number bonds & FREE worksheets in a fun way
Learning number bonds is pretty repetitive in nature. This new skill should be practiced over and over until your child starts to see the relationship between numbers and the pairs that join to make them.
Doing sum after sum can become a little mundane, so before they are over-loaded with a million sums to complete, why not add a little fun into teaching these number bonds from the start!
The worksheets I’ve prepared add a whole lot of colour into teaching number bonds. For each number, there is a representational block in a particular bright colour.
For example, the number 5 is represented by a dark green block, almost like a Cuisenaire rod but made from paper.
The point of using these colourful blocks is that it makes learning number bonds that much easier. Your child will immediately see the parts of the numbers, and how each number can be made up of different parts.
How to use these FREE number bonds worksheets for number 2, 3, 4 & 5
Print the number blocks
As I just mentioned, these number bonds worksheets work really well in conjunction with colour number blocks. Start by printing The Super Moms Club FREE Printable Number Bonds Blocks (PDF). You can print them on white cardboard, cut them out and then laminate each representational block (which will make them last a little longer). You can print a couple of copies as they will come in handy (especially later when the sums use higher numbers)!
Print the number bonds FREE worksheets
- The Super Moms Club Number Bonds Of 2 FREE Worksheet (PDF)
- The Super Moms Club Number Bonds Of 3 FREE Worksheet (PDF)
- The Super Moms Club Number Bonds Of 4 FREE Worksheet (PDF)
- The Super Moms Club Number Bonds Of 5 FREE Worksheet (PDF)
Once you’ve printed the worksheets, slowly go through them with your child. First, explain how each coloured block represents a number (let them count the blocks that make up each coloured block).
Once they’ve familiarised themselves with the bonds of a number, they can complete the practice worksheet. Your child can use their laminated blocks in the space provided on the worksheet so that they are able to complete the sum. For example: If the sum is ___+3=5, let them place the yellow (3) block in the provided space so that they can clearly see that the orange (2) block is missing. This will help them visualize the parts of the number 5.
Then, practice, practice, practice… everyday until they’ve mastered them!
Have fun with it, and I hope this intro to number bonds & free worksheets will help your child enjoy every second of their addition journey!