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Roll & Smash Subtraction Playdough Activity for Kindergarten

Get ready to make teaching subtraction loads of FUN with this subtraction activity for kindergarten. In this subtraction game for kids children will roll the dice, add playdough balls to their ten frame, roll another dice, and smash the number of playdough balls indicated to get the difference. After preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age children ahve done the play dough activity, they will write the equations on the subtration worksheets. Simply download pdf file with subtraction smash and you are ready to play and learn with a playdough activity for kindergarten.

Get ready to make teaching subtraction loads of FUN with this subtraction activity for kindergarten. In this subtraction game for kids children will roll the dice, add playdough balls to their ten frame, roll another dice, and smash the number of playdough balls indicated to get the difference. After preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age children ahve done the play dough activity, they will write the equations on the subtration worksheets. Simply download pdf file with subtraction smash and you are ready to play and learn with a playdough activity for kindergarten.

Subtraction Activity for Kindergarten

While adding up numbers seems to come naturaly to preschoolers and kindergartners, the concept of subtracting things doesn’t always come as easily. This hands-on subtraction acivity for kindergarten is a great way for kids to stay engaged and having fun while learning to subtract! In this subtraction smash children will actually subtract from up to 12. There are 2 colorful playdough mats to choose from and a black and white, free subtraction worksheet for children to record their equations and answers. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler you will love this subtraction game for kindertners. This playdough activity is fun for at home, math centers in the classroom, summer learning, or homeschool coops.

Subtraction Smash

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

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Teaching Subtraction

All you need for this EPIC subtraction activity are a few simple things you probably already have on hand:

  • Print the roll and smash subtraction playdough mat template you like best in color and laminate it for durability – their are two choices.
  • Playdough (any brand, color will do)
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils to fill out the math worksheets – use a dry erase marker if you laminate the playdough mat printable to make it reusable
  • 2 standard dice
  • Black and white subtraction worksheet page

Teaching Subtraction

Subtraction games for kids

To start off, roll two dice and write the number you rolled on the quotient line over the yellow playdough can. Now strengthen hand muscles by rolling playdough balls (any colors) and adding the correct number of playdough balls on the 12 frame.

Subtraction within 10 activity

Subtraction within 10

Now roll one dice and write that numeral on the red playdough line. Here comes the fun part. Children get to smash the number of playdough balls they rolled. Finally, have children count the difference (number of playdough still in ball form) and write the number on the blue playdough line.

Play Dough Activity

Play Dough Activity

Here is an example with the other subtraction play doh mat template. The process is the same.

  • Roll 2 dice – write number on line and make the correct number of playdough balls
  • Roll 1 dice – write number on 2nd line and smash the correct number of playdoh balls
  • Count the number of balls remaining and write the answer on the final quotient line

Playdough Activities for Kindergarten

Playdough Activities for Kindergarten

The last step, no matter what printable playdough mat you use is to write the equations on the black and white subtraction printable. This way children can turn in their subtraction worksheet for kindergarten to make sure they got the correct numbers. Plus doing and writing helps kids remember better!

I highly suggest when introducting this actiity to walk them through an equation together to not only understand the process, but to expose them to math vocabulary such as quotient, subtract from, get the difference, etc.

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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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Get ready to make teaching subtraction loads of FUN with this subtraction activity for kindergarten. In this subtraction game for kids children will roll the dice, add playdough balls to their ten frame, roll another dice, and smash the number of playdough balls indicated to get the difference. After preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age children ahve done the play dough activity, they will write the equations on the subtration worksheets. Simply download pdf file with subtraction smash and you are ready to play and learn with a playdough activity for kindergarten.

Subtraction Activity for Kids

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of Kindergarten Worksheets and Games. As a busy mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Browse through more than 200,000 pages of FREE worksheets & educational activities for kindergartners! Plus don't miss her other sites www.123homeschool4me.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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