My own little kindergartner kept sneaking into my office, this past week, to pull out some of his favorite subtraction activities from the set. I’d find him on the living room rug working on his math just for fun. He couldn’t even wait for me to finish getting the photos done! I hope your students enjoy these just as much, and are able to get some fantastic support for learning to subtract.
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This is our FAVORITE SUBTRACTION GAME EVER!! The kids absolutely love it, and you can make it with a simple shoe box, some ping pong balls, and the printable subtraction cards. We used a toy hammer, but you can also just use a hand to press in the balls that you are taking away.
Pop Up – Push Down Subtraction
Subtraction is more fun when you can see it, and with this game you get a great visual. Pop the gophers up and down in their pool noodle grass to show the minuend, the subtrahend, and of course, the difference.
It’s hare to the the kids to STOP playing this awesome subtraction game. Start with 10, and then take away however many toilet paper rolls you knock down. Start from difference for the next roll, and then get one final chance to knock all of the “bowling pins” down. Of course, you can record the subtraction sentences as you go.
Hungry Monster Sensory Subtraction
Feeding monsters is great fun, and this subtraction project doubles as a sensory activity as well. You will need our printable monster page, a bottle of hair gel, 10 buttons, a dice, and a Zip Lock bag.
Does it get more fun than this? There are 10 fish in the pond. Roll a dice to see how many to fish out. Write a subtraction sentence to show the difference.
Roll & Subtract Towers
Block towers are made to be taken down, but we are combining this deconstruction with a bit of math. Start with 10 blocks. Roll to see how many blocks to take away. Start on the next line with the difference, and then repeat one more time.
Dinosaur Tracks Subtraction
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs! For this fun subtraction activity the kids will get to help their dinosaurs move along the tracks, and then back track to subtract.
Flip & Tuck Subtraction
We love this fun subtraction manipulative, because it is easy to print, cut, and keep at your desk. Just flip the tabs up to show the minuend. Then fold down for the subtrahend. What you have left is the difference.
Gumball machines are always fun, and you can use this one in a couple of ways. We used little circle markers for our gumballs, but playdough or buttons would work just as well. Either way the kids can make the gumballs slide down and out of the gumball machine as they take them away from the minuend.
Race Car Spin & Subtract
If any of your kids love cars, this is a fantastic activity for them. Be prepared for sound effects, because the children get to rev their engines up to the minuend, and then let them slide back down as they take away the subtrahend. So fun!
Take it Away Clip Cards
We love these simple print and solve clip cards. Children love using clothespins to pin the answer, and if you laminate them, they can last for years.
Knock it Over Dominoes
One of the best things about dominoes is setting them up and knocking them down. This subtraction activity turns the fun of that into hands-on, visual math. Read the problem on the card to set up the correct number of dominoes. Then knock them down to take them away. Whatever is left standing is the difference.
This kindergarten math set also includes 25 Subtraction Worksheets. These printable worksheets are fun, extra practice to reinforce what is being taught in the hands-on activities. They are no-prep, ready to print and pass out to your class.
Here is a quick look at some of the subtraction worksheets in this set:
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