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Kindergarten Subtraction

Kindergarten Subtraction Tutorial, Free Subtraction Worksheets for Kindergarten, Math Subtraction Activities for Children Ages 3-5

Your child should be able to count from 0 up to 20 to be able to learn preschool math subtraction. It is also a good idea to introduce your child to subtraction by using practical experiences from everyday life such as counters, buttons or any other small items. Without practical application your child will see subtraction as not relevant and won't be able to understand, develop and use these skills later on.

If your child finds the tasks frustrating parents should provide assistance and keep things fun. It's best to choose the time of the day when you and your child are relaxed, not tired and ready to start learning subtraction activities. Take a break when necessary. Reward your child with praise and encouragement to build their confidence.



So let's discover the fun of taking away numbers. In this section your child will learn:

What is "Fewer Than"?

Encourage your child to look at the pictures and compare them first visually, and then by counting. In worksheet 1, tick the set that has fewer objects. In worksheet 2, draw fewer objects. These worksheets are designed for coloring, so provide your child with a selection of colored pencils. Coloring will improve your child's control of the small muscles in their hands, and improve eye and hand co-ordination.

How to Subtract Numbers

Your child will learn new vocabulary:

Number line: 

Number Line

The number line from 0 to 10 can be found throughout our worksheet pages. This is to remind your child of the number's sequence and look. Also, we will show you in the example below how to use the numbers line to subtract numbers.

Counting back:

Use the number line to count back using a hopping motion from one number to another. Look at the example below: for "5 take away 3 makes..." ask a child to put a finger or pencil on the number 5 and then hop the finger 3 times, landing on number 4, 3 and then  at 2, so the answer is 2!

How to Use the Number Line to Subtract Numbers

Explore how to take 1 (2, 3, 4, and 5) away, don't rush go through one number at a time.

Kindergarten Subtraction Worksheets: Take 1 Away

Take 1 Away

Each page consists of:

  • 3 interactive worksheets: "Tick 1 (2,3,4,5) Fewer", "Count How Many" and "Take 1 (2,3,4,5) Away";
  • 1 printable subtraction worksheet: "Cross 1 (2,3,4,5) Out and Count How Many are Left".

Every page contains examples as well as an explanation on how to use the worksheets.

Kindergarten Subtraction Worksheets: Take 2 Away

Take 2 Away

Kindergarten Subtraction Worksheets: Take 4 Away

Take 4 Away

Kindergarten Subtraction Worksheets: Take 3 Away

Take 3 Away

Kindergarten Subtraction Worksheets: Take 5 Away

Take 5 Away

Interactive Kindergarten Subtraction Practice

Kindergarten Subtraction Practice

Subtraction Practice

This page consists of 2 worksheets:

  • interactive sheet "Count How Many";
  • printable sheet "Cross 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Out and Count How Many are Left".

Math Subtraction Symbols

Math Subtraction Symbols

Subtraction Symbols

We are introducing symbols: subtraction "-" and the equals sign "=". Explain to a child that these symbols are used instead of words, but have the same meaning.

Practice Subtraction Sums

Practice Subtraction Worksheets

Subtraction Worksheets

This worksheet provides lots of subtraction practice for your child. Some questions require you to add a symbol, the subtraction and equals sign, and some questions require you to provide the answer to the math sum.

Practice Subtraction and Addition Sums

Math Addition and Subtraction Worksheets for Kindergarten

Addition and Subtraction Worksheets

Complete this addition and subtraction practice worksheet, providing the answers to the math sums. Add the missing addition or subtraction symbol to solve the problem.




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