Winter Christmas SUBTRACTION Craft Puzzle | The Mitten Activity Center Game

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6 PDF options, 3 digital options, writing prompt pages, & 2 editable rubrics
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These Mitten Math Centers Subtraction Puzzles make it quick and easy for teachers to provide hands on activities that meet the needs of all students! All three puzzles are engaging and fun! This download includes print AND digital options!

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Let your students practice their subtraction facts with these fun Mitten Shaped Puzzles. They are perfect for December, January, winter, and mitten math centers! Each of the three puzzles will have students match 29 different subtraction problems with facts 0-20 while putting together the 19 piece puzzle



  • Three mitten PDF puzzle options (19 pieces each) with 29 subtracting problems for facts 0-20
  • No Prep PDF options of the three puzzles above
  • Three digital puzzles compatible with Google Slides
  • Two editable rubric options
  • Two puzzle mats (for students who need extra support)
  • Three writing prompt pages
  • a page with writing prompt options

Want even more puzzles like these? Check out this multiplication set, this division set, or this addition set!


  • Centers, stations, or rotations
  • digital options for virtual or distance learning
  • Review of subtraction skills
  • Early or fast finishers
  • Enrichment
  • GATE (gifted and talented education)
  • Worksheet alternatives
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Student, partner, or small group collaboration
  • a winter or Christmas craftivity
  • as part of mitten or snow book or novel


  • My 2nd graders had a tough time with the first one, but I liked seeing the productive struggle. Once they understood how the puzzle worked, the next one was a breeze!!!!
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If you want a subtraction puzzle you can use at ANY time of year, check out this set of Subtraction Magic Square Puzzles.


Your first, second, and third grade classroom or homeschool students are going to LOVE these fun winter subtraction mitten puzzles!

This will help address Common Core State Standards 1.OA.C.6 and 2.OA.B.2

These puzzles are meant to be somewhat of a challenge. Students will have to keep in mind the shape of the mitten. The center pieces will be the most challenging. Tell students to rotate them around until they fit. This is where their critical thinking skills will come into play!

There are two PDF options for the puzzles. One option is each of the three puzzles in its full mitten shape. The other option is the puzzle pieces separate so students do not know the final shape. These “cut out” sheets are meant to be given directly to the students to cut out and put together so they don't know the shape. These will be more challenging. Plus they are no prep – just print and go!

Plus you also get a digital option where all three puzzles are available in Google Slides. Assign the page you want each student to have - perhaps via Google Classroom - and they can complete it virtually with no copying needed!

There is a puzzle mat with the actual puzzle pieces so students can put their pieces over the top OR a blank outline as a guide, but not direct help. Use these for students who need a bit more support with the puzzle shape.

You also get writing prompts to use with this shape. I recommend sharing a prompt with the class and putting these up behind or beside the completed puzzle as hall or bulletin board displays.

An editable PowerPoint file has been included as a center rubric. A full page option and half page option are both included. Print these out for immediate use, or change the wording and format to fit the needs of YOUR students.

Use these puzzles anytime you need a fun math activity - particularly for winter.

Students with special needs also do well with these once they understand the concept. With this fun game format your students will stay engaged while practicing necessary skills!

These puzzles are meant to be somewhat of a challenge - which is perfect to promote a growth mindset. Students will have to keep in mind the shape of the mitten and persevere if the task seems challenging. Tell students to rotate the pieces around and analyze what they can do differently until they fit. This is where their critical thinking and 21st Century skills will come into play!

Just print and quickly cut on the lines (or simply print the NO PREP option) and you have instant winter math centers that make skill practice fun and engaging. If you have some extra time, let your first, second, or third graders decorate the finished mitten. These colored masterpieces can then be used as artwork for the classroom, to help decorate a bulletin board, or be hung in the hallway to add some festive art flair. (And no administrator complaints since it's an academic activity!)

Homeschool Families: You're going to love these puzzles as a last minute, print and go resource! The next time you have a crazy hectic home school day - grab, download, and go! You'll instantly get your sanity back, fit in some academic work, AND have fun at the same time.

Answer key included! Correcting is easy when you use the original fully formed egg to ensure all the numbers are in the correct order and the shape is fully created.

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Looking for more winter holiday resources? Try these!

Christmas Tree Multiplication Puzzles

Christmas Tree Division Puzzles

Christmas Tree Addition Puzzles

Christmas Tree Subtraction Puzzles

Snowman Multiplication Puzzles

Snowman Division Puzzles

Snowman Addition Puzzles

Snowman Subtraction Puzzles

Gingerbread Man Multiplication Puzzles

Gingerbread Man Division Puzzles

Gingerbread Man Addition Puzzles

Gingerbread Man Subtraction Puzzles

You'll also love these winter literacy puzzle games. They work great for December or January learning fun!

Snowman Compound Words

Antonyms Snowman Puzzle

Snowman Compound Words Puzzles

Snowman Contractions

Snowman rregular Plural Nouns

Irregular Verbs Snowman Puzzles

Synonyms Snowman Puzzle

Total Pages
6 PDF options, 3 digital options, writing prompt pages, & 2 editable rubrics
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.


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