Subtraction Bingo


The purpose of this activity is to help your child to recall subtraction basic facts up to 10 + 10. 

Link to the Number Framework:

Number Facts, Stage 5

What you need:

Bingo Cards (PDF, 41KB)  You can print these or make your own.
6 buttons/counters/little squares of paper for each player.

What to do:

Cut out the bingo question cards and place in a pile face down. Give a bingo board to each player. 
Players take turns to take a bingo question, and read it out loud.
Encourage your child to answer the question as quickly as they can. You may want to keep note of facts your child has difficulty recalling quickly and practice them again at the end of the game.
Players who have the answer on their bingo board can cover it with a counter.
The winner is the first person to cover all of their bingo board and call “Bingo”.

What to expect your child to do:

To answer the subtraction questions quickly. They should progress to instantly recalling the answer.


There are four bingo boards so players can play again with a different board.
Have a “caller” who reads the bingo questions.
Players can only cover the number on their bingo board if they are the first to answer the bingo question.

Related Māori vocab:

tekau mā tahi
tekau mā rua
tekau mā waru
tekau mā iwa
papa tau
number board
subtract, take away
tango (hia)

Download a file of this activity:

PDF (100KB) or Word (44KB)

Download a file of this activity including questions to ask in Māori:

PDF (128KB) or Word (46KB)

Download a Pasifika version of this activity:

PDF (107KB) or Word (271KB)