I Was Framed!- By Doodle Buddy

Computational Thinker


Teaching addition with 10 frames? Make it fun with Doodle Buddy! Doodle Buddy is available for iPads and Chromebooks and allows students to draw, stamp, stencil, and create doodles. With a 10 frame background, students are able to stamp their addition problems with ease and show their learning in a fun and creative way.

Watch the video for an introduction to Doodle Buddy. 

Students will:

  • Be able to correctly use a 10 frame and stamps to show their knowledge of simple addition problems with sums less than or equal to 10.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. 10 Frame: A 10 Frame is a simple graphic tool that allows students to see numbers as parts of 10.
  2. Addition: Addition is the process of combining the values of 2 or more numbers together.
  3. Sum: The sum is the answer to an addition problem

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Create or find a 10 frame grid to add, or have students add, to Doodle Buddy as their background image. The image can be shared with students and saved to their camera roll, then added to Doodle Buddy using the “paper” or “backgrounds” tab at the bottom of the screen.

  • Be familiar with the stamps available and how students should use the stamps on their 10 frames.

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Have students open Doodle Buddy on their device.
  2. Students should select the paper or backgrounds option at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Students select the camera option within the paper tab.

  4. Find the picture of the ten frames that was added to the camera roll and select to add to the background.

  5. Allow students to practice showing numbers using the stamp tool. Students should use the same stamp to show one number at a time.

    • Have students choose one stamp.

    • Direct students to stamp a small number first, like 3:

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  •  Observe students using the stamp tool and stamping only one stamp in each box. Help students who are stamping more, or using more than one stamp.
  • Next, tell students to stamp a low number with only one stamp, like 2. Without erasing, have students choose a second stamp and stamp another low number.

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  • Ask students how many stamps they have total.

  • Model writing a number sentence based on your example.

  • Direct students to erase and repeat stamping two low numbers using two different stamps. Circle the students and ask them to say the number sentences they have created.

  • Please see assessment options to finish the lesson.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • After students have had significant time to practice, check their understanding by giving them a number sentence and having them stamp that sentence, then write the answer. Have all students show you their screens. Give immediate feedback to students who did not get the correct answer, or who did not use the 10 frame correctly. Based on observation, note students who are able to correctly use the 10 frame to solve simple addition problems.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Computational Thinker
5b. Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.

5c. Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.

Device: Android and iPad 

App, Extension, or Add-on:
Doodle Buddy Android

Doodle Buddy iOS

Doodle Buddy Tutorial


Use Doodle Buddy to have students practice writing sight words. Teacher says the word, students write the word, students show the teacher.


  • Art: Students create a digital drawing.
  • PE: Students sketch the steps of how to skip or complete other kinesthetic activities.​​​​​​​
  • Music: Students demonstrate their knowledge of range and pitch using a drawing, or show their knowledge of easy music notes with a music bar background.

Students practice patterning with stamps.

Create a sketch of weather and/or weather patterns using stamps and the drawing tools.

Create a timeline using events from their own lives (e.g., birth, crawling, walking, loss of first tooth, first day of school).

This task card was created by Lacey Khon, Kalamazoo RESA, February 2018. Updated October 2023