Subtraction Worksheets and Printables

Subtraction worksheets are a great resource for students who need extra practice with this math skill. Our printable subtraction worksheets help kids work through math problems at their own pace to learn and reinforce what they're studying in school. Kids will have fun as they work through subtraction math riddles, subtracting using a number line, and more advanced subtraction that requires regrouping. All subtraction worksheets offer clear instructions and colorful drawings to guide kids through the activities independently or with an adult. Our subtraction worksheets are designed for students with a wide range of abilities, from preschool through fifth grade.
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Space Item Subtraction Space Item Subtraction Have your child count up the space items and subtract the darker pictures in this visual worksheet to solve the subtraction problem.
Subtraction for Visual Learners: Easter #8 Subtraction for Visual Learners: Easter #8 Counting and subtraction come together for a colorful and sports-themed math worksheet, great for visual learners!
Counting Up Subtraction Counting Up Subtraction For each problem on this first grade math worksheet, kids subtract single-digit numbers to see how many cheese pieces are left after the mouse eats its snack.
How Many Animals Are Left? How Many Animals Are Left? Counting and subtraction come together for a colorful and animal-themed math worksheet, great for visual learners!
Subtraction and Multiples of 2 Subtraction and Multiples of 2 Challenge your 2nd grader with this math worksheet in which he must solve two-digit subtraction problems, find the multiples of 2, and complete a word problem.
Halloween Math: Simple Subtraction 2 Halloween Math: Simple Subtraction 2 It's not exactly the Itsy Bitsy Spider on this worksheet but the Halloween theme keeps learning subtraction fun so you can mix math practice with the holiday!
Mad Minute Math: Subtraction Mad Minute Math: Subtraction Give math skills a workout with this race against the clock!
Subtraction Practice: Spring Into It! Subtraction Practice: Spring Into It! This subtraction practice worksheet combines number writing with pictures and counting to make beginning subtraction easier for your child!
Picture Subtraction Picture Subtraction Number writing combines with pictures and counting to make beginning subtraction more bearable and interesting for your child this spring!
How Much for That Cookie? How Much for That Cookie? Find the price of each cookie and subtract the cost from the amount of money available.
Subtraction with Money Subtraction with Money Your kid is sure to love pretend-shopping for sweets on this money math worksheet.
Customary Measurement Subtraction Customary Measurement Subtraction Subtraction is a breeze with a number line.
Multi-Step Word Problems Multi-Step Word Problems Your kid will love using number lines to solve pesky multiple-step subtraction word problems. Learn how with this worksheet!
Subtraction Riddles #1 Subtraction Riddles #1 What do camels wear to hide from predators?
Finding the Missing Number Finding the Missing Number Count like a champ! Your kid will find missing numbers in no time when he learns how to use a number line.
Word Problems with Money: Subtraction Word Problems with Money: Subtraction Kids love to go pretend-shopping, and these word problems are the perfect way to familiarize them with money.
Subtraction worksheets are a great resource for students who need extra practice with this math skill. Our printable subtraction worksheets help kids work through math problems at their own pace to learn and reinforce what they're studying in school. Kids will have fun as they work through subtraction math riddles, subtracting using a number line, and more advanced subtraction that requires regrouping. All subtraction worksheets offer clear instructions and colorful drawings to guide kids through the activities independently or with an adult. Our subtraction worksheets are designed for students with a wide range of abilities, from preschool through fifth grade.

How to Teach Subtraction

Subtraction can be tricky for young learners, but with a little help and some fun subtraction worksheets, even the youngest mathematician can learn how to subtract. Try these helpful tips to get your child comfortable with subtraction:

  • Talk to your child about what the word "minus" means. If we say four "minus" two, we mean that we're taking away two from the number four. When you say "minus," you are subtracting, or taking away, from a number.
  • Use some visual aids to help illustrate the concept of subtraction for your child. Use counters, such as pieces of cereal or marbles, to show your child what subtraction looks like. For the equation 4 - 2 = 2, lay out four counters. Allow your child to count the entire number of counters displayed before showing your child that you are going to subtract two by taking them away. Have your child count the number of remaining counters to discover the answer to the equation.
  • Once you've tried a few subtraction problems with your child using counters, have your child try a problem from one of the subtraction worksheets using the counters. Supervise this process and lend assistance when needed.
  • Make sure to praise your child for his efforts and encourage regular subtraction practice. You can use any of our fun subtraction worksheets with your child to further your practice.