Snowman Subtraction Mats

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As Kindergarteners progress in the school year, we are getting stronger in our number sense and understanding that sets combine to make a new total (addition). Subtraction can be a little more challenging. I find that it can help to incorporate fun, themed activities into our math centers that make learning both engaging and effective. These free Snowman Subtraction Mats do exactly that and are just one fun activity from our Snow Centers and Activities Bundle!

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These free snowman subtraction mats make a fun, seasonal math center for Kindergarteners or 1st graders working on subtraction up to 6!

Snowman Subtraction Mats

Subtraction can be a tricky skill for students to master! These snowman subtraction mats are a great, hands-on math center for any child who is working on subtraction up to 6. They are especially perfect for Kindergarten or 1st Grade!

How to Prep

Prepping these snowman math mats is a breeze – just print them out, laminate, and cut them in half (there are two mats per sheet).

Then add some colorful buttons and dry erase markers to a basket, and you have a fun new math center ready to go!

Laminate the free snowman printable, grab some colorful buttons and dry erase markers, and you have a math center ready to go!

How to Play

I first introduce activities like this in a small group setting so that kids can really see me use the manipulatives up close. If you use a document camera in the classroom, it works great too!

We know in subtraction that we have to start with the first (and largest) number – so if our snowman began with 4 buttons, we place 4 buttons on the snowman.

Uh-oh! He lost 2! I physically remove the 2 buttons off of the snowman so that the kids see this represented. 2 buttons are leaving.

How many buttons are left? 2! So we write the number 2 in the box. 4-2=2!

Your students will love writing the equations with dry erase markers.

We keep pulling cards and playing until we have solved all of the equations (10 subtraction mats included)!

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Ready to work on those early subtraction skills? Grab some buttons, then download your free copy of the snowman subtraction mats by clicking the large, yellow download button at the very end of the post!

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More Snowman Fun

Be sure to check out these fabulous snowman learning ideas from some awesome kid bloggers, too!

Such an awesome collection of snowman activities for kids!

Exploding Snowman Baggie: Winter Snow Science for Kids // Science Kiddo

Snowman Number Match Printable // A Dab of Glue Will Do

Snowman Subtraction Mats // The Kindergarten Connection

Preschool Snowman Activity Pack // Schooling a Monkey

Snowman Teen Number and Ten Frame Match // Recipe for Teaching

Snowman Alphabet Activity // Mom Inspired Life

Snowball Shooter // The STEM Laboratory

Snowman Writing Paper with Prompts // Liz’s Early Learning Spot

Snowman Pattern Block Mats // Playdough to Plato

Winter Snowman Ten Frame Printable // Fun with Mama

Snowman Sequencing Fun // Sara J Creations

Two Digit Number Snowmen // Play & Learn Everyday

Snowman Rhyming Puzzles // Fairy Poppins

Snowman CVC Word Match // The Kindergarten Connection

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    1. Hi there,

      The issue has been fixed. Please re-download the activity and it will be correct. Thank you so much for reaching out and let us know if you run into any more problems. Have a great rest of your week! 🙂

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