These subtraction mats are easy to prepare and very versatile! Simply print and laminate the mats, then print and laminate the picture cards. While some may just use any manipulative for an activity like this, I think this is a better option because it's a great way to make the content much more engaging!
Each themed mat has 3 versions. Version 1 has an empty box to represent the problem with picture cards. Version 2 has a ten frame to represent the problem with picture cards. Version 3 has a five frame to represent the problem with picture cards. This allows the product to meet the needs of students at many different levels.
The Subtraction Mats have 17 different themes, including pumpkins, beach balls, turkeys, suns, spiders, ghosts, stars, sunglasses, presents, ladybugs, leaves, monsters, houses, bears, buckets, smileys, fish. There is also a Subtraction Mat toward the end of the packet that allows you to use any manipulative that you have in your classroom (instead of picture cards). This more general theme is very versatile.
Picture cards are included in both color and B&W. Numeral cards are also included, although the activities can be done without them. If the mats are laminated, simply use a dry erase marker and erase as you go!
This is a great activity for whole group, small group, RTI, or centers.
If you're interested in a bundle with all of my Math Mats (counting, addition, and subtraction), please see my store! Each Math Mat product is $4, but the Math Mat Bundle with all 51 different mats is just $10!