Puzzles are a great hands-on way to work on learning. The free space subtraction puzzle is great for working on subtraction for kids.
The hands-on puzzle is a great way to change up working on subtraction problems by giving them a fun puzzle to put together after they solve the equation.
This makes a great math center for kids working on subtraction and changes it up from worksheets and flashcards.
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What is Subtraction?
Subtraction is the removal of objects from a collection. So you start with 5 objects and take two of the objects away and you have three remaining.
The equation for subtraction would look like 5 – 2 = 3.
This subtraction puzzle works on the subtraction of numbers from 2 to 20.
The puzzle has very simple mat with equations on it. There are 12 subtraction equations that have answers from 1 t0 12. I recommend printing on cardstock and laminating the puzzles if you will use them often.
I will say to change things up I did use stardust cardstock for our mat.
Things to use with the Space Subtraction Puzzle
These are the items we used with this subtractionpuzzle to make or prepare or activities the puzzle is apart of in the post.
- white cardstock
- stardust cardstock
- laminating pouches
- wall putty
- Space TOOB
- sensory bin
- mini star erasers
Ways to use the Space Subtraction Puzzle
One thing that I love to do with the puzzles in use wall putty on them. This makes the pieces of the puzzle stick in place. You can see I place a small amount of it on the corner. I like the putty because you can reuse it and I don’t need use something that is one-time use like velcro.
Once put press the piece onto the putty it stays. You can see that I can hold up the puzzles and the pieces have not fallen off.
One way to set up the puzzles is to have the puzzle and the cards right next to each other. This allows kids to do the puzzle.
They place each of the pieces of the puzzles on the mat as they solve the subtraction equations.
If you want to change up the puzzle then put it in a sensory bin! We put rice, start erasers, the Space TOOB, and the puzzle pieces. It makes it is a sensory play as well as working on math.
They pull out the puzzle pieces and then find the matching equations on the mat.
What you will find in the Free Space Subtraction Puzzle
- Subtraction from 20 to 1
- 12 piece puzzles
- Space theme for the puzzle
- 2 pages
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