Our Lil’s are pretty smart and, crazy as it may seem, they can begin to work on subtraction.
Now I’m not talking about giving them a worksheet with a bunch of problems on it. That is very abstract and developmentally, our Lil’s are not ready to comprehend abstract concepts.
However, math is actually a very concrete subject, so as we introduce subtraction (or any other math concepts) we should focus on the concrete concepts. This means word problems or story problems that you ACT OUT!


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Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Separate a total (up to 20) to get smaller sets (10 crackers, eat 2 now you have 8)

Required Materials

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Snowman's Smile Template

*Black Pony Beads

Step #1
Print and cut out the Snowman’s Smile Template.
Step #2
Pick one story problem and act it out.
  • Frosty the Snowman has 7 pieces of coal in his smile.
    • Use 7 beads to make a smile on the snowman.
  • 3 pieces fall off.
    • Take 3 beads off. 
  • How many are left?
    • Count the remaining beads. 
Step #3
Repeat this process for all four story problems.

Teacher Tip

You can also use candies as the coal and eat the pieces that fall off to make the activity a little more fun and yummy!


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