Subtraction Puzzle


The purpose of this activity is to help your child to recall the subtraction basic facts up to 20.   

Link to the Number Framework:

Number Facts, Stage 6 

What you need:

Puzzle Board (PDF, 40 KB). You can print this or make your own.

What to do:

Cut out the puzzle and give the pieces to your child.
Ask your child to arrange the pieces back into the 3 by 3 grid so that sides of the touching pieces match. For example, 11 - 4 needs to match 7.
Two hints you may wish to give your child:
  1. When the puzzle is complete none of the pieces will be orientated so the numbers are upside down.
  2. The piece with 2 blank sides can go in the top left corner of the puzzle.

What to expect your child to do:

To use their subtraction basic facts to solve the puzzle. 


Make your own puzzle. Puzzles where every fact has a different answer are easier to solve.

Related Māori vocab:

upside down
jigsaw puzzle
hono (a)
tango (hia)
subtract, take away

Download a file of this activity:

PDF (97KB) or Word (45KB)

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

PDF (125KB) or Word (47KB)

Download a Pasifika version of this activity:

PDF (104KB) or Word (510KB)