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. 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!


  2. 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.

    1. 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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