Space Themed Subtraction Puzzle

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.

Free Space Subtraction Puzzle  - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching  - 3Dinosaurs.com

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This is a great addition to the space printables and subtraction printables on the site.

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.

Free Space Subtraction Puzzle  - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching  - 3Dinosaurs.com

Each piece of the puzzle has a number in the top left corner of each piece of the puzzle that will match a square on the mat. I printed the puzzle pieces on cardstock and laminated it.

Free Space Subtraction Puzzle  - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching  - 3Dinosaurs.com

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.

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.

Free Space Subtraction Puzzle  - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching  - 3Dinosaurs.com

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.

Free Space Subtraction Puzzle  - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching  - 3Dinosaurs.com

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.

Free Space Subtraction Puzzle  - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching  - 3Dinosaurs.com

They place each of the pieces of the puzzles on the mat as they solve the subtraction equations.

Free Space Subtraction Puzzle  - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching  - 3Dinosaurs.com

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.

Free Space Subtraction Puzzle  - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching  - 3Dinosaurs.com

They pull out the puzzle pieces and then find the matching equations on the mat.

Free Space Subtraction Puzzle  - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching  - 3Dinosaurs.com


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
Free Space Subtraction Puzzles - with subtraction from 20 to 1  in a 12 piece puzzles for kids to have fun solving and matching - 3Dinosaurs.com

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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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