Bug Jar Addition and Subtraction Mats Free Printable

Your kids are going to love these bug jar addition and subtraction mats! They are perfect for spring math activities, spring centers or insect theme activities.

These bug jar addition and subtraction mats are perfect for your insect theme or spring theme math and literacy centers!

Make learning to add and subtract fun and hands-on with these fun roll it, show it, write it mats. They even give kids practice with writing equations!

Bug Jar Addition and Subtraction Mats

I like to make our math instruction more hands-on and fun while still teaching the standards. These addition and subtraction mats are perfect for that. It breaks up the monotony of worksheets and book work and really makes it engaging and enjoyable.

My son actually asked to keep going when it was time to move on. This is huge!

Bug theme roll it, show it, write it mats for kindergarten and first grade.

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Use regular dice for numbers 1-6 or make your own to work (like I did) and add and subtract numbers 5-10. This is a great way to differentiate the activity for learners at varying levels of ability.

Some might be working on adding numbers 1-3 while others are adding up to 20 and still others could be working on subtraction.

Math activity for your bug theme math centers this spring!

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Setting Up the Math Activity

Supplies Needed:

  1. Print the mats.
  2. Make dice using permanent marker on foam blocks. I wrote one number from 5-10 on each side of the block. You can use any numbers you want. Or just use regular dice that go from 1-6.
  3. Slide them into write and wipe pockets. If you choose to laminate, I recommend 5 mil laminating sheets because dry-erase marker comes off of them more easily. Wet-erase markers are also an option.

These are super simple to set up and require no-prep (unless you laminate) which is why I love using them!

Insect theme addition and subtraction activity.

Using the Bug Jar Addition and Subtraction Mats

Children will roll one dice and place it in the first box at the top.

Then they will put that many mini erasers or insect manipulatives in the jar.

Bug theme math center game.

Next, they will roll the second dice and add that many insects to the jar.

Then they will count up all of the bugs to see how many there are in total.

Insect theme math center game for kindergarten and first grade.

Finally they will write the equation in the spaces at the bottom of the mat.

This can be done over and over again for any period of time, which makes it perfect for math centers!

I hope your kids enjoy this fun way to practice addition and subtraction!

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