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subtraction for kindergarten: Practice subtraction skills with these hands-on and engaging math centers. Reinforce how to subtract using different strategies with the easy prep activities.

Subtraction for Kindergarten: Math Centers and Activities

subtraction for kindergarten: Practice subtraction skills with these hands-on and engaging math centers. Reinforce how to subtract using different strategies with the easy prep activities.


subtraction for kindergarten: Practice subtraction skills with these hands-on and engaging math centers. Reinforce how to subtract using different strategies with the easy prep activities.


We recently finished our subtraction unit, and I thought I would share some pictures from my Easy Print and Prep pack. We used these centers to help our students understand how to subtract using different strategies.

Take a peek at 3 of our centers:

Subtracting using a picture:

Subtraction activities for kindergarten math centers. Hands-on learning to practice their subtraction skills with different strategies.

With these subtraction task cards, students can use the pictures to help them solve the equation. I laminated the cards so that they can be reused over again.

Subtraction activities for kindergarten math centers. Hands-on learning to practice their subtraction skills with different strategies.

These were great for helping students visualize the subtraction process, and to help them understand how to use a picture when they subtract. Our students really liked being able to ‘X’ out the pictures to find the answer.

Subtraction Parking Lot:

Subtraction activities for kindergarten math centers. Hands-on learning to practice their subtraction skills with different strategies.

When prepping this center, I had a fight with the photocopier, and the photocopier won. I got really frustrated when trying to make copies of the work mat, and I didn’t want to waste any more paper (this was copy about 12). So this is what it looks like, and I am trying to be okay with that!

Students pick a card, solve the problem on the card using any strategy that they prefer (fingers, manipulatives, whatever works for them) and ‘park’ the card on the correct answer.

Our students love anything with cars, so they are more engaged when we give them activities like this.

Subtraction Pencil Puzzles

Subtraction activities for kindergarten math centers. Hands-on learning to practice their subtraction skills with different strategies.

I printed these pencil puzzles on different colored paper to make it more visually appealing to our students! We added these fun bee eraser manipulatives for them to use to find the answers and our students were loving it!

Subtraction activities for kindergarten math centers. Hands-on learning to practice their subtraction skills with different strategies.

They were really excited when they found the right pieces to match together!

more subtraction for kindergarten

If you are looking for a way to integrate technology into your math centers, check out Subtraction Stories and Technology. To reinforce subtraction sentences, you can use my Can You Fix It? cards. If you are working on subtracting with numbers to 20, my Buzz Along the Number Line activity is a fun and hands-on way to practice using a number line.

More posts highlighting math centers:

If you are working on addition skills, take a look at Kindergarten Addition- Math Centers and Activities to get lots of ideas. Or if you want to know how I run centers, take a look at My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers.

Like these activities? These 3 activities and 4 more are in my Easy Print and Prep Kindergarten Subtraction Math Centers. You can get it one its own, or in a bundle with 9 other math strains:

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