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Playdough Subtraction Smash Math Activity for Kindergarten Kids

Your kid are going to BEG to practice math with this outrageously FUN subtraction activity for kindergarten, preschool, pre-k, and first graders. Children will practice subtraction within 10 using playdough and our free printable playdough mats. This subtraction smash turns the chore of teaching subtraction into a fun math game for kids! Simply print pdf file with subtraction games for kids and you are ready to play and learn!

Your kid are going to BEG to practice math with this outrageously FUN subtraction activity for kindergarten, preschool, pre-k, and first graders. Children will practice subtraction within 10 using playdough and our free printable playdough mats. This subtraction smash turns the chore of teaching subtraction into a fun math game for kids! Simply print pdf file with subtraction games for kids and you are ready to play and learn!

Subtraction Activity for Kindergarten

If you are looking for a fun, engaging, and memorable way for teaching subtraction to kindergarten, you will love this subtraction smash! This subtraction activity for kindergarten is a great way to help kids understand subtraction while having fun with a play dough activity. This subtraction within 10 is a great introduction to subtracting for preschoolers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students. All you need are these free playdough mats, a couple containers of playdough, and a writing utencil. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love this subtraction game for kids! Use it at home, as a math center in your classroom, or in your homeschool coop.

Subtraction Smash

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> _____ <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the template.

Teaching Subtraction

Teaching Subtraction

Turn the task of how to teach subtraction into a fun educational activity with this subtraction fun! Start by printing the 3 pages in the set.

  • Subtraction Smash Play Dough Mat – i recommend laminating or putting this subtraction playdough mat in a page protector to extend it’s life
  • Playdough Cards 1-10 – you may want to laminate to make them more durable; then cut them apart and put in a stack
  • Subtraction worksheets – you will need a sheet for each student OR you can laminate the page and complete with a dry erase marker to make this free subtraction worksheet reusable

Subtraction games for kids

Subtraction games for kids

Start by rolling 10 playdoh balls of any color and put on in each spot in the 10 frame.

Play Dough Activity

Next, draw a playdough number card and place it in the matching blue playdough ball spot.

Subtraction Activities for Kids

Subtraction within 10

Use your hand, fish, or small mallet to smash the numer of play doh balls indicated on the card.

Free Playdough Mats

Count the number of remaining play dough balls and write the number on the line above. When first explaining the activity to students make sure to repeat what you did serveral ways to help them understand the concept of subtraction.

10 minus 2 equals 2. If you have 10 playdough balls and you smash two of them, you have 8 playdough balls left.

Subtraction within 10

Have children fill out a Subtraction Smash worksheet with the subtraction equations they made. They will do one subtracting 1-10 from ten. They can color the pladydough canisters and playdough balls if they like. The initial number 10 is already listed on each of the math equations. Just add the number card you drew in the ball and the difference you got on the line.

subtraction games for kindergarten

Play Dough Activity

This is such a fun, engaging activity for preschoolers and kindergarnters to start to understand the concept of subtraction.

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Subtraction Activities for Kids

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Free Playdough Mats

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Playdough Activities for Kids

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Your kid are going to BEG to practice math with this outrageously FUN subtraction activity for kindergarten, preschool, pre-k, and first graders. Children will practice subtraction within 10 using playdough and our free printable playdough mats. This subtraction smash turns the chore of teaching subtraction into a fun math game for kids! Simply print pdf file with subtraction games for kids and you are ready to play and learn!

Subtraction Activity for Kids

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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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