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!
Flower Addition and Subtraction Mats
I like to make our math instruction more fun and hands-on while still teaching the standards. These addition and subtraction mats are perfect for that. They break up the monotony of worksheets and book work while being engaging and enjoyable.
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The mats are print and play. They require no prep from you. Other than making dice, if you would like.
You can use regular dice for numbers 1-6 or make your own (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.
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Setting Up the Math Activity
- Flower Mats – link to download at the bottom of the post
- Dice or foam cubes
- Insect mini erasers
- Permanent marker
- Dry-erase markers
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Print the mats.
- 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.
- 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.
For the subtraction mats, you will also need to make sure that the first dice rolled has numbers that are higher than the second dice rolled. I made a dice in one color that had numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and then I made a dice in another color that had 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4. So I repeated 2 and 3 to fill each side of the cube.
If you don’t want to worry about having two different dice, you can just use two of the same dice and roll again if your second number is greater than the first.
Using the Flower 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 butterfly mini erasers or insect manipulatives on the flower.
Next, they will roll the second dice and add that many butterflies to the flower.
Then they will count up all of the butterflies to see how many there are in total.
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!