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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Practice Test: 2-Digit Addition and Subtraction Practice Test: 2-Digit Addition and Subtraction Review two-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping with this handy printable practice test.
Wordy Word Problems: Subtraction #1 Wordy Word Problems: Subtraction #1 Take take-away to new heights! These subtraction word problems encourage kids to think about what subtraction means in the real world.
Two Digit Subtraction With Regrouping: In the Jungle Two Digit Subtraction With Regrouping: In the Jungle The final step in subtraction mastery is learning how to subtract by borrowing, or regrouping.
Math Stories Math Stories Use the fairy tale of the princess and the frog to teach basic subtraction to your preschooler!
Wordy Word Problems: Add or Subtract? Wordy Word Problems: Add or Subtract? Give your kid practice deciding when to use addition and when to use subtraction with this word problem mix-up.
Multiple Choice Math II: Addition and Subtraction Multiple Choice Math II: Addition and Subtraction The second installment of multiple choice math, this page is jam-packed with addition and subtraction practice!
2-Digit Subtraction with Regrouping 2-Digit Subtraction with Regrouping Help your child gain mastery of subtraction using borrowing with this worksheet that includes twelve subtraction problems and a cheerfully crabby theme!
Shark!: Two-Digit Subtraction with Regrouping Shark!: Two-Digit Subtraction with Regrouping This shark wants to sharpen his math skills.
Addition and Subtraction Addition and Subtraction Need a refresher on both addition and subtraction?
Color by Addition Facts Color by Addition Facts Make math practice fly by with a color by number worksheet.
Butterfly Subtraction Butterfly Subtraction Spread your math wings, it's time for some subtraction practice!
Ant Subtraction Ant Subtraction March up the anthill for some subtraction practice!
Monkey Subtraction Monkey Subtraction Monkeyin' around is A-okay in this subtraction worksheet!
Jelly Bean Subtraction Jelly Bean Subtraction This picture-perfect picnic is all set for some subtraction practice!
Color by Simple Subtraction Color by Simple Subtraction Who's hiding in the subtraction problems? Use your super subtraction skills to find out which colors to add to the drawing!
Underwater Math Underwater Math Encourage your first grader to reach down deep and take the plunge into math practice.
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.