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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Add and Subtract Add and Subtract Keep those math skills sharp with a little practice.
Bug Subtraction Bug Subtraction Can you count up these critters? Show your little one how he can use his counting skills to solve each subtraction problem.
Spaceship Math Spaceship Math Blast off with this intergalactic math worksheet!
Subtraction Under the Sea Subtraction Under the Sea Keep your first grade math whiz sharp with this ocean-themed worksheet practicing single-digit subtraction.
Hide and Seek Subtraction #3 Hide and Seek Subtraction #3 Uh oh, some of these colored beans are hiding!
Math Ninja: Subtraction with Borrowing Math Ninja: Subtraction with Borrowing Bring out the math ninjas! Kids are sure to boost their mental math skills with this ninja themed worksheet.
Number Line Subtraction Number Line Subtraction Put those counting skills to the test! Use the number line to help your child understand the basics of subtraction.
Pizza Math Pizza Math Help Quinn order the right amount of pizza for his party!
Hide and Seek Subtraction #1 Hide and Seek Subtraction #1 How many buttons are hiding under the bowl?
Pet Store Math Pet Store Math There's a big sale at the pet store! How much money do these kids spend?
Flower Math Flower Math Look at what's blooming in the garden! Use this picture to help your little mathematician solve these word problems.
Football Word Problems Football Word Problems Let's play some football! Encourage your child to engage her love of sports to complete this fun football math worksheet!
How many buttons are hiding under the bowl? Use these bowl counter worksheets to help your kindergartner visualize the concept of subtraction. He'll even get to practice writing numbers.
Hide and Seek Subtraction How many buttons are hiding under the bowl?
Help make two-digit subtraction a little more colorful for your second grader with these color by number worksheets.
Color by Number Subtraction Help make two-digit subtraction a little more colorful for your second grader with these color by number worksheets.
Christmas Countdown Coloring Page Christmas Countdown Coloring Page It's Christmas time, and every child wants to know when Santa is coming!
Collect all of these lucky clovers by solving each subtraction problem! Your little math whiz can practice his subtraction facts, simple one-digit equations that he'll eventually memorize to help him excel in math class.
St. Patrick's Day Subtraction Collect all of these lucky clovers by solving each subtraction problem!
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.