Do you need fun subtraction worksheets for kindergarten and hands-on subtraction centers? You are going to LOVE this awesome kindergarten math unit! It is packed with colorful, game-like centers and lots of great worksheets for extra practice.
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KINDERGARTEN SUBTRACTION ACTIVITIES
Prepping your kindergarten subtraction lesson plans and centers is going to be a breeze with this amazing collection of activities. Nearly every activity comes with a side of fine and/or gross motor skills to complement the other skills you are working on.
Subtraction Kindergarten Games
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. I hope your students enjoy these just as much and are able to get some fantastic support for learning to subtract.
Whack-a-Ball Subtraction Game
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 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.
Subtraction Bowling Game
It’s hard to get 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.
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.
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.
Subtraction for Kindergarten Centers
Early math skills are critical and build on each other which is why repetition is important. However, that doesn’t me it has to be boring. Here are some great options to add variety to your kindergarten math center while teaching the concept of subtraction.
Subtraction Fishing Game
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 and Subtract Towers Activity
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 backtrack to subtract.
Flip and Tuck Subtraction Activity
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.
More Subtraction Kindergarten Activities
Here are some additional interest-led subtraction activities for your kindergarten class. Using themes like race cars and gumballs or toys and games make your math centers so much more engaging and effective at teaching math concepts like subtraction.
Knock it Over Domino Subtraction
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.
Gumball Subtraction Activity
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.
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.
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!
SUBTRACTION WORKSHEETS FOR KINDERGARTEN
In addition to the hands-on subtraction centers above, we also created 15 fun kindergarten subtraction worksheets for you. These worksheets include problem solving, scissor practice, single digit subtraction, color-by-difference, and more.
Kindergarten Subtraction Worksheets
These worksheets are designed to give kids different ways of modeling and practicing subtraction. They can color or cross out items as they take them away, whether that is on 10 frames or in pictures.
Kindergarten Math Worksheets – Subtraction
Here are more options for modeling and practicing subtraction. Kids can complete number sentences, cut and paste, or look at vertical 10 frames, dominoes, and even dice.
More Printable Subtraction Worksheets for Kindergarten
Keep the skills going with these coloring subtraction worksheets for kindergarten. Color by difference is a fun way to practice math and color pictures at the same time. Kids can also color as they take away on these additional printable subtraction worksheets.
Grab ALL of these amazing subtraction worksheets and activities for your next kindergarten math unit today and have your best math centers yet.
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