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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Subtraction Sentences in Space! Subtraction Sentences in Space! Subtraction number sentences are a great way to help your child break down the idea of subtraction into manageable chunks.
Subtraction Practice in Outer Space Subtraction Practice in Outer Space Help your kiddo reach for the stars with this subtraction practice worksheet!
Celestial Subtraction Sentences Celestial Subtraction Sentences Have your child combine her counting and verbal skills to solve the subtraction problems!
Subtract the Rockets Subtract the Rockets 3...2...1...Blast off! Get ready for some rocket-powered subtraction practice.
Space Suit Subtraction Space Suit Subtraction Suit up for some stellar subtraction! Have your little astronaut count the space suit parts in the boxes and subtract the darker pictures to solve the problem.
Astronaut Math Astronaut Math Give your little one some gold-star subtraction practice with this worksheet!
Jungle Subtraction Jungle Subtraction Get your little safari guide to navigate this jungle of subtraction problems!
Ten Frame and Number Line Ten Frame and Number Line Your little one can use her counting skills as a springboard for learning subtraction!
Addition / Subtraction Addition / Subtraction Has your little mathematician mastered double-digit addition...and subtraction?
3rd Grade Word Problems: Sea Creatures #3 3rd Grade Word Problems: Sea Creatures #3 What's going on underneath that beautiful blue surface?
Halloween Math: Simple Subtraction 1 Halloween Math: Simple Subtraction 1 Brush off the broomsticks and start the counting and subtracting this Halloween!
Creatures of the Sea Word Problems Creatures of the Sea Word Problems Have your child help a few sea creatures figure out their number-filled questions by subtracting first and then multiplying with this word problem worksheet.
Ocean Animals Word Problems Ocean Animals Word Problems If your child seems to be drawn to the call of the ocean, these worksheets are the perfect way to practice solving word problems.
Addition Fact Families: Reach for the Stars #1 Addition Fact Families: Reach for the Stars #1 Review addition fact families with your child to help him reach for the stars!
What's the Answer? Addition and Subtraction What's the Answer? Addition and Subtraction Looking to test your kid's addition and subtraction skills?
Mixed Minute Math Mixed Minute Math Engage your kid's competitive spirit with this fast-paced worksheet.
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.