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Looking for a fun, spring-themed activity for your math centers or small groups? These free Spring Flower Math Mats for practicing addition and subtraction are simple and super effective. They’re the perfect activity for adding some fresh, seasonal fun into your math lessons this spring!
*Pair with our Spring Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Spring Flower Math Mats
Spring is in the air! Flowers are blooming and children are giddy looking forward to the warmer temperatures and outdoor fun they will soon be having.
In the classroom, it’s fun to bring in some of that springtime joy. If you’re like me, you really appreciate engaging, easy-prep math activities that give children the opportunity to practice math concepts while having fun!
How to Prep
This activity is hands-on and easy to set up. Let’s gather our supplies and get started!
Supplies you will need:
- Spring Math Mats printables (at the end of this post)
- Dry Erase Marker and Eraser
- Manipulatives for counting (I used real seeds to resemble a sunflower!)
I like to laminate my math mats for use year after year. It also makes this activity more engaging when the children can use dry erase markers to write in the math equations. If you don’t have access to a laminator then you might try slipping the printables inside a sheet protector. I’ve used them this way as well!
Addition Math Mats
Students will start by rolling a die and then writing the number in the first box of the equation at the bottom of their addition math mat printable.
Students will then use manipulatives to model the number on the first half of the flower to represent the corresponding number rolled on the die. This modeling will show one part of the whole. I use seeds but any manipulatives you have on hand will work. Mini erasers work great!
Students will repeat these steps for the second half of the flower.
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Lastly, the students will add the two numbers and write the answer to the math equation in the 3rd box located below the flower.
Encourage children to count the total number of seeds on both sides of the flower to find the answer.
Subtraction Math Mats
You can also use these flower math mats to practice subtraction. Students will start by rolling one die to find their starting point. They will place that number of seeds in the center of the flower. They will also write the number rolled on the die in the first box of the equation.
This flower doesn’t have 2 parts because we are showing how we are “taking away” a part of this number equation.
Students will then roll a second die (or one die, twice) to find the second part of the equation. The second number rolled is how many seeds that will be subtracted from the center of the flower. Children will write this number in the 2nd box of the math equation. At this point, students will remove seeds from the center of the flower depending on the number rolled on the 2nd die.
Once the seeds have been removed from the center of the flower, students will write how many are left in the 3rd box of the equation to get their answer!
Grab Your FREE Copy
Ready to work on addition and subtraction this spring? Get your free copy of the Flower Math Mats by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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