While we work on subtraction often times alongside addition as we are building up our number sense, it can often be a little trickier for kids to grasp. So I am always on the lookout for ways to make it hands-on, engaging, and fun for my students as they practice and develop their understanding. These love monster subtraction within 10 cards (much like our love monster addition cards) have been a hit in our math centers for some Valentine’s Day themed fun!
Love Monster Subtraction Within 10 Cards
After laminating and cutting apart these monster cards (with the not so scary love monsters) I added in these fun heart beads that I got from the Target dollar spot.
If you don’t have them at your Target you can also find other heart beads online to add in, or really any small manipulative, or even play dough will do!
I put the cards and beads into our math bins so they were all ready for a math workshop choice.
We have been working with subtraction equations a lot and we know that when we start, the first number tells us how many we begin with.
So, if the problem is 4-2, we begin with 4 heart beads in the ten frame, placing them on from left to right.
We then remove 2 hearts to show that 2 were taken away. We now have 2 remaining so we know that 4-2=2!
We then pulled another card to work on, using the heart beads to help us solve the next problem, 7-2.
On it went until the round of math workshop was over and it was time to cleanup – but we could play again later!
Grab Your Copy
Ready to work on those subtraction within 10 skills? Grab your copy of the 20 different love monster subtraction cards by clicking the yellow button below.
Then, master those addition to 10 facts too with our love monster addition to 10 cards!
Print and Play Valentine’s Day Fun!
For February fun that is easy prep and saves you time, grab our February math and literacy centers – your kids will LOVE them!