How to Teach Addition to Kids
In this article, we will explain different activities that can help you work efficiently with your child and make learning addition fun.
Table of Contents
1.  What is Addition? 
2.  How to Teach Addition to kids 
3.  How to teach Addition with Activities 
4.  Addition for kids with Activity Log 
5.  Summary 
July 16, 2020
Reading Time: 5 minutes
What is Addition?
The addition is taking two or more numbers and adding them together. The sign for Addition is + (plus). This is one of the four arithmetic operations.
[Or]
Addend + Addend = Sum
How to Teach Addition to Kids
Count how many orange balls in each row
Adding two numbers
Addition for kids using the number strips
Example 1

You can use a number strip to count forward.

Add 2 and 4 by counting forward.

Start at 2 and count 4 boxes forward and you reach at 6.
0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 
2+4=6 
Example 2

You can use a number strip to count forward.

Add 3 and 3 by counting forward.

Start at 3 and count 3 boxes forward and you reach at 6.
0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 
3+3=6 
Addition for Kids with Zero
3 Apples Zero Apples 3 Apples
Zero Ducks 5 Ducks 5 Ducks
When zero is added to any number or when any number is added to zero, is equal to the number itself. 
Addition for kids with one
4 + 1 = 5
1 + 4 = 5
When you add one (1) to a number or when 1 is added to a number, we get the next number as the answer. 
Addition for kids with two numbers
Example 1
1st Number  5 
2nd Number  3 
Total (+)  8 
Steps to be followed
Step 1: Take the first number 5
Step 2: As the second number is 3, take the first number 5 and then count 3 more that is 6, 7, and 8.
We get the answer as 8.
Answer: 8 
Example 2:
1st Number  7 
2nd Number  4 
Total (+)  11 
Steps to be followed
Step 1: Take the first number 7
Step 2: As the second number is 4, take the first number 7 and then count 4 more that is, 8, 9, 10, and 11.
Answer: 11 
How to Teach Addition with Activities
Word problems involving Addition
Q: Ramu has 6 apples and Somu has 9 apples. How many apples in all?
A:
Ramu has 6 apples
Somu has 9 apples
Total number of Apples are 6 + 9 = 15
Answer: 15 
Q: In a class, there are 8 boys and 7 girls. How many students are there in all?
A:
Number of boys in class 4
Number of girls in class 8
Total number of students in class 4+ 8 = 12
Answer: 12 
Addition for Kids with Activity log
Based on the above picture, fill in the details below

Number of Bananas __

Number of Apples __

Number of Lemons __

Number of Oranges __

Total number of Oranges and Bananas __

Total number of Apples and Lemons __

Total number of fruits in last row __

Total number of Oranges and Lemon and Bananas __

Total number of fruits in the firstrow __

Total number of fruits __
Ordering in Addition with a singledigit
When you change the order of 2 or more numbers while adding, the answer remains the same.
2 + 4 = 6 and 4 + 2 = 6
1 + 2 = 3 and 2 + 1 = 3
2 + 5 = 7 and 5 + 2 = 7
Addition for kids with twodigit numbers without carrying
When we add twodigit numbers, we need to add one’s place digits first and then ten’s place digits.
Example 1
25 + 31 = ?
Tens Place  One’s place  
1st Number  2  5 
2nd Number  3  1 
Total (+)  5  6 
Steps to be followed
Step 1: Add the digits in one’s place (5 + 1 = 6)
Step 2: Add the digits in ten’s place (2 + 3 = 5)
Step 3: Place the total of one’s place digits in one’s place and the total of ten’s place digits in ten’s place. Now we have 5 Tens and 6 Ones which makes the sum as 56.
Example 2
29 + 90 = ?
Tens Place  One’s place  
1st Number  2  9 
2nd Number  9  0 
Total (+)  11  9 
Step 1: Add the digits in one’s place (9 + 0 = 9)Steps to be followed
Step 2: Add the digits in ten’s place (2 + 9 = 11)
Step 3: Place the total of one’s place digits in one’s place and the total of ten’s place digits in ten’s place. Now we have 11 tens and 9 ones, which sums to 119.
Addition for kids with twodigit numbers without carrying
When we add twodigit numbers, we need to add one’s place digits first and then ten’s place digits. If the numbers in the one’s place are added we get the sum as a twodigit number which is more than 9 then that number contains tens and ones. Below are a few examples of how to split if the added number is more than 9.

9 + 2 = 11 we need to split as 1 ten + 1 one

8 + 6 = 14 we need to split as 1 ten + 4 ones

6 + 4 = 10 we need to split as 1 ten + 0 ones
Example 1
Ten’s place  One’s place  
carryover  1  
First Number  3  9 
2nd Number  4  3 
Total (+)  8  2 
Step 1: Add the digits in one’s place (9 + 3 = 12, we need to split as 1 ten + 2 ones). So we have placed 2 in one’s place and 1 in ten’s place as a carryover (in the above addition, carryover is marked in red color.Steps to be followed
Step 2: Add the digits in ten’s place (3 + 4 + 1 (carry) = 8
Step 3: Place a total of one’s place digits in one’s place and a total of ten’s place digits in ten’s place that means 82 is the answer.
Example 2
Ten’s place  One’s place  
carryover  1  
First Number  7  7 
2nd Number  6  6 
Total (+)  14  3 
Step 1: Add the digits in one’s place (7 + 6 = 13, we need to split as 1 ten + 3 ones). So we have placed 3 in one’s place and 1 in ten’s place as a carryover (in the above addition, carryover is marked in red color.Steps to be followed
Step 2: Add the digits in ten’s place (7 + 6 + 1 (carryover) = 14)
Step 3: Place the total of one’s place digits in one’s place and the total of ten’s place digits in ten’s place. Now we have 14 tens and 3 ones, which sums to 143.
Ordering in Addition with twodigit
When you change the order of 2 or more numbers while adding, the answer remains the same.
20 + 40 = 60 and 40 + 20 = 60
11 + 22 = 33 and 22 + 11 = 33
13 + 17 = 30 and 17 + 13 = 30
The same concept could be applied while adding any number of digits.
Summary

The addition is taking two or more numbers and adding them together

Adding any number to zero results in the number itself

Adding any number with one results in the next number

Adding numbers in any order the result is the same.