We know that subtraction can often be a tricky skill to master, so why not spice it up with a subtraction game? This Bunny Spin and Subtract is sure to be a hit!
In this playful subtraction game, students will spin and “hop” along the number line to find the difference between two numbers. For more math fact fun, snag our 15 Editable Math Fact Games in our shop!
To get started, we first gathered a few materials:
- Bunny spinner sheet
- Recording sheet
- Paper clips
- Laminator or sheet protector
- Dry erase markers
- Pom poms
We printed the bunny spinner “Spin & Subtract” sheet and laminated it for extra durability.
We also printed and copied recording sheets to place at our math center. This way, students could record their answers as they spun.
They make a wonderful tool to assess student understanding, too!
We gathered pom poms students could use for counting out the problems, dry erase markers for writing on the laminated sheets, pencils and paper clips (to use as spinners).
Bunny Spin and Subtract Game
We gave each student a pencil and two paper clips. They spun the paper clip around the tip of their pencil on the first spinner and then repeated the spin on the second circle.
They circled the numbers they landed on with a dry erase marker to help them keep track.
Then, we told our students to “bunny hop” backwards along the number line to find the answer.
For example, if they spun a “7” and then a “5,” they would start with 7 on the number line and “hop” back 5 spaces. Wherever they ended on the number line would be the answer they recorded on their sheets. The hoping was the best part of this subtraction game!
(If your students are struggling with this concept, we recommend having counters on hand as an additional visual tool.)
Continuing the Subtraction Game Fun!
We usually have our students practice by spinning enough times to complete six subtraction sentences. To add to the cute bunny theme, we found white and pink pom poms at our local dollar store.
The pom poms made the perfect “bunny tails” to easily erase the dry erase marker.
When we told them to use the bunny tails as erasers, they just couldn’t get enough of the center! This was the best part of this subtraction game.
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