First Subtraction Worksheets

Here is our collection of subtraction worksheets for children starting out with this important maths skill. We have worksheets that help with subtraction by crossing out, by counting back, and by number bonds, as well as some colourful and themed worksheets to add interest to the classroom.

Bear Fact Families Blank

Bear Fact Families Blank

Use this "bear fact families" blank to work on any fact families with the kids. Write three numbers on the tulips and then ask the children to write the 4 number sentences that make up the fact family on the bear's tummy.

Colourful Subtraction Worksheets

Colourful Subtraction Worksheets

These five fun worksheets provide practice for simple subtraction practice (all numbers below 10) - and there's colouring in involved, too!

Cross Them Out Subtraction Cards

Cross Them Out Subtraction Cards

These fun double-sided cards have been designed to help children understand subtraction by crossing out with some hands-on practice.

Fact Family Dinosaurs to 10

Fact Family Dinosaurs to 10

Count the spots on the neck, tail and back of the dinosaur, then use the results to write the 4 fact family number sentences. There's nothing like a friendly dinosaur to help with some maths! There are 8 worksheets in this pack, featuring the following fact families:

Fact Family Dinosaurs to 20

Fact Family Dinosaurs to 20

There are 2 fact family problems on each of these 5 worksheets, giving 10 lots of fact family practice (up to 20) in total. Count the spots on the dinosaur and then write the 4 fact family number sentences next to it.

Fact Family Worksheets Set 1

Fact Family Worksheets Set 1

These simple worksheets provide 3 numbers and ask the children to write out 2 addition facts and 2 subtraction facts for each set - in other words, the fact family. There are 4 worksheets in total, available in UK and US school fonts.

Fact Family Worksheets Set 2

Fact Family Worksheets Set 2

Here is a set of 4 worksheets designed to give children plenty of practice with fact families between 11 and 20. The more they practise, the more they understand!

Fill in the Hearts Subtraction

Fill in the Hearts Subtraction

The fourth of our cute fill in the heart worksheets is on subtraction. Children need to use the numbers on the bear's heart to complete the sums.

Ghost Subtraction Worksheet

Ghost Subtraction Worksheet

Count the ghosts in each group and write the number below it, then have a go at these simple subtraction sums. Fun for Halloween!

Make a Fact Family Mat Blank

Make a Fact Family Mat Blank

You can print this "make a fact family" mat onto white or coloured paper and laminate it for repeat use with dry wipe markers if you wish. Write 3 numbers on the children's T-shirts and then ask the children to write out the fact family in the spaces below.

Make a Fact Family Mats 11 to 20

Make a Fact Family Mats 11 to 20

There are 75 mats in this pack so you may want to print at a time, picking and choosing appropriate number bonds / fact families for the kids to work on. Use beads or other small objects to count out the facts using the circles on the mats if necessary.

Make a Fact Family Mats 3 to 10

Make a Fact Family Mats 3 to 10

There are 20 different fact family mats in this pdf file, so pick the ones you want to work on and print them out onto white or coloured card. We've written the 3 numbers for the fact family on the children's T-shirts. Now your kids need to write the fact families in the space below.

Subtracting from 5

Subtracting from 5

All the sums on this fun worksheet are based on number bonds to 5. Children need to fill in the missing addend and write the equation beneath.

Subtraction by Counting Back Worksheets Set 2

Subtraction by Counting Back Worksheets Set 2

We've provided a number line and a cheerful helper on each of these two worksheets, which give children practice at counting back to solve subtraction problems (with numbers less than 10).

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheet Set 3

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheet Set 3

There are 4 worksheets in this set, which give children plenty of practice with subtraction by crossing out - starting with an example and some fun illustrations to keep them interested.

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheets Set 2

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheets Set 2

By using a "ten tower" full of counters - which the children can cross out to work out these subtraction equations - children may be able to see the numbers to take away and the numbers left quickly and clearly and relate them to the number bonds they have already learned.

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheets Set 4

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheets Set 4

Here are two more worksheets giving children plenty of practice at using subtraction by crossing out within 20. On each worksheet we have done the first problem for them to show them how, and provide 9 more for them to do themselves.

Subtraction with Number Bonds Worksheets Set 2

Subtraction with Number Bonds Worksheets Set 2

These worksheets are a fun way to make sure that children understand the "story" behind subtraction and see the connection to the number bonds they have already learned. There are 4 in total.

Subtraction with the Munching Method Example

Subtraction with the Munching Method Example

This illustration shows how our Munching Monster might eat up 6 lollies in 2 bites - the first above the 10 and the second below - to find the answer to a subtraction problem.

Subtraction with the Munching Method Explanation

Subtraction with the Munching Method Explanation

The "munching method" of subtraction is perfect for when sums bridge the 10 - for example, 16 - 8 = 8. This can be very tricky for children to grasp, but of course it is a skill which they will be called on to use often in adult life.

Teen Facts Subtraction Poster

Teen Facts Subtraction Poster

This poster comes as pictured or with 2 fill-in-the-blank versions too. Whichever you choose, it's a fun way to help children begin to internalise and memorise these subtraction facts.

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