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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Math Maze: Single-Digit Addition and Subtraction Math Maze: Single-Digit Addition and Subtraction Find your way through this math maze by ordering your answers 1 through 10.
Math Maze: Subtraction Math Maze: Subtraction Subtract your way to the end of a maze, with the added challenge of drawing your path along the answers in order from 10 to 1.
Math Tiles Math Tiles Use addition and subtraction to find the correct path through the puzzle.
3-Digit Addition Word Problems 3-Digit Addition Word Problems Review three-digit addition and subtraction by solving these dino-riffic word problems.
Practice Two-Digit Subtraction Practice Two-Digit Subtraction Boost your child's math skills with this worksheet that is sure to challenge his subtraction know-how.
Picture Subtraction: Outer Space Picture Subtraction: Outer Space Time for take-off! Give your kindergartener's subtraction practice that is out of this world with single digit subtraction problems featuring space shuttles and comets.
Subtraction Color By Number: Color the Fish! Subtraction Color By Number: Color the Fish! Solve the equations and then color by number to reveal a colorful underwater friend!
Picture Subtraction Picture Subtraction These birds are acting strange! Your kindergartener will use single digit subtraction to find out how many birds are still colorful and bright.
Make Change: Pet Store Make Change: Pet Store Help your smart shopper learn to add and subtract change with this money math worksheet!
Word Problem Fun: 3-Digit Subtraction at the Game Word Problem Fun: 3-Digit Subtraction at the Game Soccer is a fun sport to watch, and it's also full of opportunities to practice three-digit subtraction.
Math Riddles: Subtraction Math Riddles: Subtraction Does your child like word puzzles but dreads practicing subtraction?
Hula Hoop: Three-Digit Subtraction with Regrouping Hula Hoop: Three-Digit Subtraction with Regrouping Just like the hula hoop, learning math takes practice!
Find the Math Path Find the Math Path To complete this worksheet your child will need to complete all of the subtraction and addition problems and write the answers in the blanks to discover the path the waiter must take to the hungry customers.
Story Math Story Math See how math is used in the real world with these story problems!
Subtraction Color by Number Subtraction Color by Number Someone help this elephant! He's lost all his color, and he doesn't know how to get it back.
Bakery Math Bakery Math Little chefs can use their addition and subtraction skills to solve these sweet word problems!
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.