As Kindergarteners move forward 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 seasonal activities into our math centers that are both fun and engaging. These Snowman Subtraction Mats are a perfect example!
*Pair with our Snow Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten
Snowman Subtraction Mats
Subtraction can be tricky 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 in Kindergarten or 1st Grade!
How to Prep
Prepping these snowman mats was a breeze – I just printed them out, laminated them, and cut them in half (there are two mats per sheet).
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 first had 4 buttons, we placed 4 buttons on the snowman.
Uh-oh! He lost 2! I physically removed 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 wrote the number 2 in the box. 4-2=2!
We kept pulling cards and playing until we had solved all of the equations. There are a total of 10 mats included in the download below.
RELATED RESOURCE: Subtraction Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten
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