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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Valentine's Day Subtraction #1 Valentine's Day Subtraction #1 Celebrate Valentine's Day while reviewing subtraction math facts!
Borrowing in Subtraction Borrowing in Subtraction Second grade is an important time to practice two-digit subtraction.
Beach KenKen® Puzzle Beach KenKen® Puzzle Your fourth grader will need to use addition and subtraction to decide which number goes in each square within this KenKen® logic puzzle.
3-Digit Subtraction Coloring 3-Digit Subtraction Coloring On this second grade math worksheet, kids go from egg to egg solving subtraction problems with three-digit numbers.
Flower KenKen® Puzzle Flower KenKen® Puzzle This beginner KenKen® grid requires the use of addition and subtraction, along with some logic, in order to figure out which number goes in each square.
Coloring Subtraction: Underwater Scene Coloring Subtraction: Underwater Scene Looking for a worksheet to help your child with his math skills?
Christmas Math Facts Christmas Math Facts Santa's left 10 Christmas gifts under the tree, each containing an addition or subtraction problem for your student.
Sneak in some learning on everyone's favorite 'spooktacular' holiday with this creepy collection of Halloween addition and subtraction printables. Most children aren't crazy about math, but these Halloween-themed worksheets will inspire kids to crunch numbers, all the way up to October 31.
Boo! Halloween Addition and Subtraction for First Graders Sneak in some learning on everyone's favorite "spooktacular" holiday with this creepy collection of Halloween addition and subtraction printables.
Fun Math Facts Fun Math Facts How do you make learning addition and subtraction facts fun?
Keep kids entertained - and their minds sharp - over the holiday break with this collection of Christmas word problems.
21 Days of Christmas Word Problems Keep kids entertained - and their minds sharp - over the holiday break with this collection of Christmas word problems.
Holiday Math: Thanksgiving Subtraction Holiday Math: Thanksgiving Subtraction The Thanksgiving holiday brings turkey, stuffing, family...and subtraction?
Animal Math Animal Math Searching for a worksheet that practices addition and subtraction?
Single-Digit Subtraction Single-Digit Subtraction Practice makes perfect! Engage your first grader in some super, single-digit subtraction problems so she strengthens her math skills.
Holiday Math: Christmas Subtraction Holiday Math: Christmas Subtraction Don't let your first grader lose her math skills over winter break!
Squirrely Subtraction Squirrely Subtraction These fifteen two-digit subtraction problems give your student the essential practice she needs for second grade math success.
3rd Grade Word Problems: Sea Creatures #1 3rd Grade Word Problems: Sea Creatures #1 Help your child learn how to fish out the important steps in a word problem with this worksheet all about the daily lives of various creatures of the ocean.
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.