Easy and fun activity to practice subtraction with scissors

This is a very easy to prepare activity for little ones to learn subtraction.

What you need:

  • Some rough paper cut into strips
  • Markers (or colouring pencils) to draw
  • Stapler
  • Scissors

How to make it:

  1. Write out a simple subtraction problem for example, 4 – 1, on a strip of paper.
  2. Draw the corresponding number of items on the paper, for examples, draw 4 balls as shown in the picture below
  3. Make a few more problems
  4. Staple the paper together with a stapler.

If you have stamps you can also stamp it which is an even quicker way to make it.

How to play:

Read out the subtraction problem (for example “6-1”) and ask your kid to cut away 1 item from the paper. Then count how many left to find out the answer.

I always make a few of these and put them in my drawer. I give one out to my son to work on as his morning routine.

J loves this activity because he can use one of his favourite tools, the scissors. Sometimes I make up stories to go along with the pictures I drew or stamped, and he found them funny and would love to do more so he can listen to more stories.

Learning is fun and inexpensive.

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