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Subtraction Flash Card Games

Games are a great way to make math flash cards fun for kids.  Research shows that play based learning can boost a learner’s attention span and retention. Here are some fun games that you can use with our subtraction cards to enhance your child’s learning experience.

  1. Alternate Ending: After solving a fact, ask the learner how much to subtract to get to a different number, i.e.  7-1 = 6, how much would we need to subtract from 7 to equal 4 instead?
  2. Inverse: After solving a fact, ask the learner to solve the addition version.  i.e. 8-5 = 3, then what is 3+5?
  3. And Then Some:  After solving a fact, ask the learner to subtract another number.  i.e. 12-5 = 7, now subtract 3 more.
  4. Slapjack: Lay out 3 cards within arm’s reach of each learner. Call out the answer to one of the cards. The learner that slaps on the correct fact card wins the card. The learner with the most cards at the end wins.
  5. War: Divide the deck between 2 players. Each player draws a card and calls out its answer.  The lower correct answer wins both cards. If it is a tie, then each player draws another card and calls out its answer until one player has a card that has a lower answer than the other.  Repeat drawing until both players are out of cards. The person with the most cards at the end wins.
  6. Zero Out: After solving a fact, ask the learner to name 2 different numbers to subtract from the minuend to equal 0.  i.e. if 12-4 = 8, then name 2 numbers besides 8 and 4 that you can subtract from 12 to equal 0, like 5 and 7.
  7. Find It: Pick a number from 0-17.  The learner then searches the deck to find a fact card that has that number as its answer.
  8. Alternate Minuends: After solving a fact, the learner must then name 2 other numbers that will result in the same answer.  i.e. if 12-4 = 8, then name 2 other numbers with 8 as the difference (like 15-7).

      Have you come up with your own fun, creative game to play with your sight words cards?  We’d love to hear it! Post it to our  Facebook and  Instagram pages or email it to us at feedback@thinktankscholar.com.  

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