Subtraction For Kids

Subtraction for kids.  Try these fun games and activities and help make learning to subtract more than just the same ol' boring routine.  

Four Dice Subtraction

Number of Players: 2 - 4

SkillsSubtraction up to 24 - 24;

What You Need: 4 dice, copy of dice graph, colored pencils or crayons

Preparation: Print the dice chart here. Have each player choose a different color pencil or crayon.  After printing out the three sheets, line the three dice charts horizontally next to each other in the middle of the players.

How To Play:

  • To see who goes first, have all the players roll one of the dice.  The player who rolls the highest gets to take their turn first.   
  • Player 1 tosses two of the dice and adds the two top numbers.   
  • Player 1 rolls the other two dice and adds the top numbers again.  
  • After getting the two numbers, the player subtracts the smaller number from the larger number to get the difference.
  • The player says the difference aloud and the other players will then agree or disagree with the players sum.
  • If the difference is correct, that player colors in any box above their difference at bottom of graph.
  • If the player calls out the wrong difference, they lose their turn for that round.
  • Play then goes to the next player and proceeds in the same manner as above.
  • The first player to color in four squares that are touching with their color wins the game!


* You can reuse the dice graph board if you use colored tokens instead of colored pencils or crayons.  If you go this route you may want to laminate the dice graph so you can use it again for later.

* Another fun way to play this game is playing teams. With four players, you can pair the students together for two-person teams.  Each team will share the same or pencil to mark the boxes. 

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