Subtract It! Math Game

The response to my “Add It!” game was so great, that I decided to make a “Subtract It!” Game as well. (Please ignore the ‘add it’ scoops in the pics, I’m just lazy! The Subtract It! game DOES come with “Subtract It” scoops!)


Click here to download Subtract It!

The rules of Subtract It! are simple:

  • Place a subtraction flashcard onto the empty white rectangle on the game board.
  • Using any manipulative of your choice, place the correct amount of objects into the top green box based on the top number on the subtraction flashcard.


  • Using the “Scoop”, scoop the correct amount of objects into the recycle bin based on the bottom number on the subtraction flashcard
  • Using the “Scoop”, scoop the remaining objects from the top green box down into the bottom yellow box for your answer.

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  • Count the objects in the bottom yellow box, and place the correct number card onto the bottom of the subtraction flashcard.


  • Pick a new card and play again!

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The download includes:

  • Subtraction flashcards for numbers 1-9 (ie: 1-0, 1-1, 2-0…9-9)
  • 0-9 answer number cards
  • A game board
  • 4 “Subtract It” scoops (I laminated the front only, then glued the scoops to cardboard and cut them out to make them more durable.)

Click here to download Subtract It!

Happy Subtracting!


  1. This is the stuff that gets me more excited than I should be 😛 Thank you so much! It looks wonderful. xx

  2. VERY awesome…am printing this off to add to our collection! Much thanks!

  3. Very cool!!!

  4. Holly A. says:

    It really makes my day when I see a new post from you on my reader!Thanks Erica!

  5. Erica,I taught in the public school system for several years before coming home to school my children. This is truly one of the most wonderful visuals I have ever seen to help a child understand subtraction!!Thanks for sharing it!

  6. What a great game Erica!

  7. AGAIN- your generosity will only ENHANCE my homeschooling efforts!You ROCK!!!!!!

  8. i love your ideas! they really help in with my inhome daycare!

  9. Just lovely!!!! great idea, so colorful!!! EXCELLENT!!Thanks for share it!!

  10. Hi everyone, I'm so glad you like it! Hope you have fun subtracting 🙂

  11. We LOVE the add it game!!!! I'm so glad to see a subtraction version!!Thank you sooo much for your time and effort that you put into both of these games for our kiddos!!

  12. Hi!! I'm not sure if I have left you a comment yet, but I recently found your blog and just have to say that you rock my world!! All I can think about now is workboxes and downloading fun stuff from your blog!! Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas here. We are about to finish up our first year of homeschooling and I am so in love with it! Just wanted to say hello!

  13. I thought you might enjoy seeing my little one doing the Subtract It game!! Thanks for making our homeschool more engaging!!

  14. Wow! I can't wait to put these in our workboxes next year! Thank you for your generosity!

  15. This is amazing!!!

  16. You ROCK!!!!! THANK YOU!!!

  17. For a second I thought those blue things were M&Ms.; I laughed because of course no kid would put those in the recycle LOL! (Likely no Mommy either)

  18. I can't get past the lazy comment about the scoop. Well, if you're lazy, I'd hate to think what I am. 🙂 LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

  19. Somehow I missed this post!! Love it! Thank you so much for the fun resources! When this game appears in our workboxes, I will link back. 🙂

  20. This really looks great :)I'm wondering though, would it be possible to substitute the flash cards I already own for the ones that would come with this download? I don't want to spend extra on printing and laminating when I already have something similar.Thanks 🙂

  21. Mommy Blogger: I don't see why you couldn't use your own flashcards, why spend the extra money on paper/ink!?!

  22. Thanks! As it stands, it looks like it will be about $15 just to print off the necessary pages and get them all laminated (probably less if I can figure it out :D). That's the one downside to not having a color printer 🙂

  23. Erica, this is genius! I just have to say that I found your blog a few weeks ago, and I can apply SO many of your printables in my special education autism class. Your games are perfectly hands-on and interactive for my students, and you have really saved me these past couple of weeks! It’s great to see my students enjoy learning. Thank you so much! Never stop posting!!!

  24. Danielle says:

    My niece has struggled with subtraction and when I saw this on Pintrest, I instantly knew I needed it to help her. Thank you for the wonderful idea and for sharing.

  25. Hi there, I am new to Pinterest and I just saw your Subtract It game. My daughter is going into K this year and I am going to put this together for her. I love the visual-ness of it. I work with deaf and hard of hearing students and this would be great for them as well. Can I still access the download for the Add it! game as well?


  26. Thank’s!
    I’m a french primary school teatcher and I love it!

  27. Thank’s!
    I’m a french primary school teatcher and I love it!

  28. What a wonderful game! Thanks for sharing it. My daughter with special needs will love this and the AddIt game. I will be passing this one on for sure.


  29. Such an awesome idea and game for you to share! Thank you so much!

  30. Thanks so much for sharing such an awesome idea! This is great for visual learner and I so appreciate you sharing it! Smile

  31. Thanks for awesome ideas and downloads!

  32. Dear Christian,

    Thanks a lot for your lovely math activities. I loved it. I will share your opinion on my blog as well.

  33. I just wanted to leave a comment to thank you for the wonderful Subtract It game. It is a great visual for my son with autism. Thanks again for your generosity!!!

  34. This is fabulous!!! I love it for my kindergarten students. Do you have separate “Add It” cards to go on the left side?? Or do you just have them practice without the number sentence? My kids will totally understand this. Thank you for sharing!!! 🙂

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

  35. Great game! I’m a teacher in Slovenia and would like to use the game in one of my classes. May I translate the game to slovenian language?

  36. THANK YOU!! This is a wonderful work. I am a montessori teacher and this is just beautiful. We will be using it a lot!
    Thank you,

  37. This would be fun to put in our workboxes for kindergarten.

  38. Linda Sutton says:

    LOVE this! Subtraction is SO hard for the kids to grasp; this will really help. Thanks so much!

  39. THANKS SOOOOO much. I have been having a very hard time with Math with my little one and this is PERFECT!

  40. What a GREAT game!

  41. So cool. I love the recycle theme as I’m kind of a recycle/terracycle fanatic! Such a clever, hands-on and fun way to play with numbers. Thanks for sharing this fun idea. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. May God continue to richly bless you with fun ideas and in everything!


  42. Thank you! We combine this with Numicon and it works great. I’m trying to Think of a way to work with 2-diget subtractions this way to.

  43. Lisa Jefvert says:

    I am so excited to have these materials!!!! THANK YOU!!

  44. Sally White says:

    great idea! Any ideas for incorporating Big Bottom Borrowing into the game?

  45. Thank you very much for your game, it’s more beautifull and practice than mine! My little french students will be very happy to use this!

  46. This looks awesome, thanks for sharing, can’t wait to use it with my first graders. God bless.

  47. Que excelente material, me encanto. Ya tengo ansias de poner a mis estudiantes de 1er grado a jugar. gracias por compartir tus ideas. Dios te bendiga grande mente.

  48. This is so very wonderful! My son is a visual learner and these game boards are invaluable by helping him solidify the facts in his mind!!!!! Thank you SO much!

  49. This is a great activity. Thanks so much!

  50. Hi Erica,
    I am having a lot of trouble downloading Subtract it! I have tried it a few times over the past few months and I keep getting a full black page when I try to print out the first page. I have tried to save it then print it put it still only prints the game board as black and the numbers and scoops small.
    Thanks for any help you can give me! I really want to use it for my class and for my own kids at home! I teach Gr 5 and i have two kids on IEPs at a gr 1-2 level. I also want to use it eventually for my own little guy who has Down Syndrome and LOVES all things visual!
    Thanks again for any help.

    • Hi Julie, It sounds like you’re trying to print from your browser. I think the best solution would be to save the PDF to your hard drive, then print from there instead of printing through your browser. I don’t know which internet browser you are using, but I know that Safari opens things in preview mode so they don’t print correctly directly from Safari. Hope that helps!

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