Easy and fun activity to practice subtraction with scissors

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Busma Butt shares a very easy to prepare activity for little ones to learn subtraction.

What you need:

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  • Some rough paper cut into strips
  • Markers (or colouring pencils) to draw
  • Stapler
  • Scissors

How to make it:

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  1. Write out a simple subtraction problem for example, 4 – 1, on a strip of paper.
  2. Draw the corresponding number of items on the paper, for examples, draw 4 balls as shown in the picture below
  3. Make a few more problems
  4. Staple the paper together with a stapler.

If you have stamps you can also stamp it which is an even quicker way to make it.

How to play:

Read out the subtraction problem (for example “6-1”) and ask your kid to cut away 1 item from the paper. Then count how many left to find out the answer.

She always makes a few of these and puts them in her drawer. She gives one out to her son to work on as a morning routine.

Her son J loves this activity because he can use one of his favourite tools, the scissors. Sometimes she makes up stories to go along with the pictures she drew or stamped. He found them funny and would love to do more so he can listen to more stories.

Learning is fun and inexpensive.

Busma Butt offers advice on having fun with kids around Hong Kong.

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