One of the areas of Mathematics that I spent a lot of time focusing on when I taught and with my own children was number bonds. Especially those simple number bonds like to 5, 10 and 20. The recognition of these bonds of numbers that add up to make those 3 basic numbers are so useful and start to build on Number Sense (the ability to be fluid and flexible with numbers). In this activity based on the book Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss for our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids, we focus on number bonds to 10 as well as incorporating some fine motor skills as well. At the end of the post, you will find more Number Bond Activities as well as some activities connected with this fun Dr. Seuss book for toddlers and preschoolers.

Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.

Fox in Socks

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Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss is a fun beginner book ideal for toddlers and preschoolers and you to read together. Watch out though because it is full of wonderful tongue twisters and rhyming words. The version that we have linked to includes a CD which is great for kids to listen to in the car or on the move.

More Dr. Seuss Math Activities with our Cat in the Hat Number Line.

Sock Number Bonds to 10

The fox in the book wear’s socks so using this as inspiration and working on a little fine motor skills we have a simple to make and use maths activity for toddlers and preschoolers. We have made a small version using mini pegs to hang up our socks – however why not use large clothes pegs and a bigger line with bigger socks and make it on a larger scale as well (this would be ideal in a preschool classroom or playroom). Our small set is used for a math centre activity and we did similar to work on the pincer grip for finger gym.

Materials Needed to Make your Sock Number Bonds

2 different colours of craft felt

10 mini pegs – ours are 3.5cm long

Scissors

Scrap Card to create a sock template

Fine line Marker

String or Twine

10 sided dice ours is from a set I brought of multiple sided dice for Role Playing Games and they are perfect for math activities with kids.

Looking for more Math Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers then check out our selection of Hands-on Counting Activities.

Creating your Socks

  1. Using a piece of scrap card draw a sock shape and cut this out.Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.
  2. On the craft felt draw around the sock 10 times on each colour.Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.
  3. Cut out the 10 socks from each colour so you end up with 20 socks.Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.
  4. On your mini pegs write the numbers 1 to 10.Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.
  5. Place the pegs in order on your twine.

Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.

Playing your Sock Number Bonds Game

  1. Roll the dice to tell you how many of the first colour of socks you need to place down.Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.
  2. Add the socks to the washing line.Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.
  3. Ask your child how many more socks you need to fill the washing line.Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.
  4. Now count the empty pegs.
  5. Add the second colour of socks to the empty pegs.Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.
  6. Now count out the number of colour 1 socks, then colour 2 socks and phrase it as a number bond. E.g. 7 + 3 = 10Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.
  7. Repeat.

You may want to write the number bonds down as you make them to reinforce the learning.

Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.

More Number Bonds Activities

Valentines Times themed preschool maths activity. Match the pieces of the broken hearts together to form numbers bonds of 10
Mix art and math to create a rainbow number bonds resource to help kids to quickly identify the number bonds to 10 or 100
The Snowman - DIY bowling game to work on number bonds
Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.

Broken Hearts Number Bonds

Rainbow Number Bonds

Snowmen Bowling Number Bonds

Apple Number Bonds

If you are working on Number Bonds here are some resources that we have found useful to help the children grasp this fundimental of number sense.

Another Number Bond Activity that combines fine motor skills and the number bond knowledge but can be easily adapted to working on different number bonds is this Number Bond Snap and Slide. I love how it is reusable and reminds me a little our a DIY Math Fact Triangles.

This Magnetic Dry Erase 10 Frame is useful for working on those number bonds. It’s a little less interactive but you could use different counters to fit it in with specific themes e.g. Attribute Apple Counters for Apple week or these autumn-themed beads just add a little magnetic tape to them to make them stick.

Games are always a great way to learn and this Ten Frame Tower game is perfect for working on Number bonds to 10 and works on those to other single digit numbers as you try and fill up your full ten frames with the roll of the dice.

Other Dr. Seuss Books we Love for Toddlers and Preschoolers

There are so many fantastic Dr. Seuss books but how do you find books that perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Our 3 favourites are The Foot Book, Wocket in my Pocket and Mr. Brown Can Moo as well as Fox in Socks. These 4 books are full of rhyming words and fun sounds as well as being fairly short and therefore ideal to read together.

Sing along with these Counting Songs to help your toddlers and preschoolers to learn their numbers as well as work on a little skip counting and counting backwards.

More Fox in Socks Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Sock Matching Rhyming Game from Mama Smiles

Fox in Socks Rhyming Word Puzzles from Teach Beside Me

Fox in Socks Block Stacking Invitation from Inspiration Laboratories

Pin this Sock Number Bond Activity to do Later

Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.

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Simple to make maths centre activity inspired by the Dr Seuss book Fox in Socks. Create your own socks to work on number bonds to 10 by hanging them on the washing line. Full step-by-step instructions and extra ideas and resources included.

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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