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Butterfly Missing Addend Clip Cards

Your students will love finding the missing addends using these adorable spring butterflies.

FREE Butterfly Missing Addend - these free printable math clip cards are a fun addition practice activity for kindergarten and first grade kids. #mathgames #addition #kindergarten

Missing Addend

It is almost that time of year again. The time of year when the sun starts warming the cold ground. Trees and flowers begin to bloom, and the world of nature emerges around us. It is finally time to venture outside and enjoy the beauty. And today, I have a fun spring activity to get children working on missing addends.

These adorable butterfly themed missing addend clip-cards are great addition practice for kindergarten and first grade kids.

Use clothespins to clip the correct answer on these butterfly math cards

There are two different ways you can do this activity.

The first is the easy, no mess way.

  1. First, print off the cards on card stock paper and cut them out.
  2. You can laminate them for extra durability.
  3. Finally, gather up some clothes pins and markers and you are ready to go!

But we can add some fine motor skills to this activity.

Instead of providing markers, use a hole punch and yellow paper to make lots of yellow dots. (See the messy part. If your kiddos are anything like mine, those dots will end up on the floor.) Then grab some glue sticks or squeezable glue for an extra hand strengthening exercise.

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Butterfly Addition Practice

Now comes the learning.

Each clip card has a picture of a butterfly with dots on it. Under the picture is a number sentence with a missing addend. And we want our little ones to figure out that missing addend. And it is quite simple.

The first number in the number sentence is how many dots are already on the butterfly. Then we have the missing addend, and finally what the number sentence equals.

That sum is very important. That tells us our next step. We want to add dots to the butterfly until we have the same amount of dots as the sum.

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With this card, there are two dots already on the butterfly, and we want to get to four.

So I add two dots with my marker.

The number of dots I added is the missing addend. 2 + 2 = 4

Butterfly addition practice using manipulatives like playdough or paper squares

Now, I’ll try this one using my glue and precut holes. I started with five dots, but I need to get to seven. I can count while I add dots.



I glued on two dots, so that is my missing addend. 5 + 2 = 7

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This hands-on approach is a great way for children to practice skills like counting on and taking the beginning steps to understanding algebra.

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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