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Mastering Subtraction: 3 Tips to Make Learning Fun and Effective

Buckle up and let's get ready for this subtraction ride!

 Subtraction can be a scary math subject and overwhelming for many children but it doesn't have to be! In this blog post, we'll explore three creative tips to help children master subtraction while having fun along the way.

  1. Provide kids with a hands-on experience to working with numbers. Incorporate blocks, fruit snacks, cheerios, and dried beans to name a few. For example, if you're subtracting cheerios from a bowl, have the child physically remove the corresponding number of cheerios to see the concept in action.

  2. Make it fit the real world. Children are more engaged when they can see the practical applications of what they're learning. Incorporate everyday scenarios into subtraction problems, such as sharing snacks with friends, budgeting money for purchases, or calculating how many days until a special event. Because our children live in a cash app, Paypal, Venmo generation it is also important to purchase plastic money for them to practice subtraction.

  3. It's okay to GAME and subtract! By gamifying subtraction practice, children can develop their skills playfully and engagingly, fostering a positive attitude toward mathematics. I love using websites like for my children and students to practice subtraction. Subtraction doesn't have to be daunting or dull. By implementing these three tips—utilizing visual aids and manipulatives, making subtraction relevant to real-world situations, and gamifying learning with educational games—we can create an enriching environment where children can master subtraction with confidence and enthusiasm. Let's empower our young learners to embrace the beauty of mathematics and discover the joy of problem-solving one subtraction at a time.

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