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Addition and subtraction are two of the most fundamental aspects of mathematics and a key requirement of all math curriculums. Also these operations are used all of the time in real life scenarios as well as being needed in nearly every single job at any level. All science, engineering, financial and management positions will need a reasonably high level of math.

Imagine trying to get through life without a basic understanding of addition and subtraction! When shopping for everyday items you would have to put an awful lot of faith in others not to make mistakes that could cost you. Getting a mortgage for a house, making investment decisions or paying for a holiday in instalments would be very difficult indeed.

Once you understand the concepts of addition and subtraction, you should be able to:

  • Complete missing number patterns
  • Perform basic addition and subtraction calculations
  • Work out number bonds initially to 10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90 & 100
  • Understand different terminology for addition or subtraction (sum, total, difference etc.)
  • Work out increasingly complex additions and subtractions on paper in columns
  • Work out additions and subtractions in your head
  • Understand the inverse nature of addition and subtraction
  • Partition & split up larger numbers
  • Use rounding and estimating methods to help check answers quickly
  • Understand the correct order of operations (BIDMAS)
  • Add and subtract fractions and decimals

We have put together a great list of fun resources including games, activities and videos to enable you to learn addition and subtraction as naturally and enjoyably as possible. Try them out, you'll have fun whilst learning a great deal about this essential life skill.

 

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"The Big Yellow Bus" Activity ages 4 - 7

"The Big Yellow Bus" Activity

The kids on the bus are being really naughty and it is your job to make them sit in the correct seats before setting off for school!

There are 12 children and each one has a maths sum above them. Place the correct child in the seat with the correct answer on it!

You are against the clock and have 90....Read More

 


"Maxine" Addition and Subtraction Game ages 4 - 8

"Maxine" Addition and Subtraction Game

Play this pretty Unicorn game which tests your math skills. The aim is to catch the correct answers in the falling hearts on your horn.

The goal is to score 10 points (one point for each correct answer). You have 3 lives and lose a life for each incorrect answer. There is also the option....Read More

 


"Printable Add and Takeaway Worksheets" ages 4 - 11

"Printable Add and Takeaway Worksheets"

Ten different printable addition and subtraction worksheets! These are 'Subtraction stepping stones', 'Near doubles fruit salad', 'Holiday quiz', 'School fair quiz', 'Split Anthea's acorns', 'Target 20 balloons', 'Fill the boats', 'Difference of 3 or....Read More

 


"Class Clips : Addition" videos ages 4 - 7

"Class Clips : Addition" videos

Lots of great videos on addition from the BBC Website. These include the following videos 'Adding multiple-digit numbers', 'Adding near doubles', 'Adding near doubles - numbers less than 20', 'Adding near doubles - numbers more than 20', 'Adding single units and hundreds', 'Adding three numbers', 'Adding two or more small numbers',....Read More

 


"Class Clips : Mixed Addition and Subtraction" videos ages 4 - 7

"Class Clips : Mixed Addition and Subtraction" videos

Lots of great videos on addition subtraction from the BBC Website. These include the following videos: 'Addition and subtraction', 'Addition and subtraction - inverse operations' and 'Checking....Read More

 


"Money : making amounts" videos ages 4 - 7

"Money : making amounts" videos

Learn how to add with coins. A lot of coin counting and addition videos showing you how to learn how to add by utilising coins. These videos are based on the English pound but the....Read More

 


"Problem Solving Money" activity ages 4 - 7

"Problem Solving Money" activity

The aim of this activity is to read the note left by Sam and then buy precisely the items that she requests whilst keeping....Read More

 


"Bop a Bot 1 Units Subtraction" game ages 5 - 6

"Bop a Bot 1 Units Subtraction" game

In this math subtraction game lots of robots pop up holding a card with a number on. Only one robot has the correct answer to the subtraction sum, which is subtraction of units to leave multiples of ten. See if you get the speed bonuses and on level 3....Read More

 


"Bop a Bot 2 Number Bonds" game ages 5 - 6

"Bop a Bot 2 Number Bonds" game

In this math number bonds game (for 4,5 and 6) lots of robots pop up holding a card with a number on. Only one robot has the correct answer to the addition sum, which is adding up small numbers to reach four, five or six. See if you get the speed bonuses and on level 3 you can get extra points from the golden....Read More

 


"Bop a Bot 3 Addition and Subtractions" game ages 5 - 6

"Bop a Bot 3 Addition and Subtractions" game

In this math addition and subtraction game there are a number of robots with a numbered card. Only one robot has the correct answer to the addition or subtraction question, which is adding or subtracting small numbers to numbers up to twenty. Go quickly to win speed bonuses and the golden robots appear on....Read More

 


"Brick Blaster 1" game ages 5 - 6

"Brick Blaster 1" game

In this math brick wall game you have to answer the math questions to break the row of bricks. If you don't get the answer in time or you get the answer wrong a new layer of bricks appears and 'grows downwards' from the top. When the....Read More

 


"Little Animals Activity Centre Addition and Subtraction" activity ages 5 - 7

"Little Animals Activity Centre Addition and Subtraction" activity

Join Count the Owl and try his 3 ladybird math games. You can try 'addition', 'subtraction' or 'addition and subtraction'?'. Each game has three levels and the aim is to get as many questions correct so....Read More

 


"Snakes and ladders (chutes and ladders)" game ages 5 - 10

"Snakes and ladders (chutes and ladders)" game

Learn about addition and subtraction with this classic snakes and ladders game. Add up as you move along the board when you go up the ladders, subtract when you hit the snake's head! The aim is to get....Read More

 


"Igloo Shopping" Game ages 5 - 7

"Igloo Shopping" Game

Learn all about the U.K. money system in this game of 3 levels ('medium', 'hard' and 'really hard'). The aim of the game in the medium level is to choose the right coins to be able to pay for items in the Igloo Shop. You have a choice of 1p, 2p, 5p or 10p coins. The Hard Level introduces more coins (20p, 50p and 1) as things get more....Read More

 


"Test the Toad" Game ages 5 - 7

"Test the Toad" Game

Learn all about adding and subtracting in smaller numbers from zero to fifteen. The frog will hop left as you subtract and hop right as you add. Try to get as many questions....Read More

 


"Number Sequences" Game ages 5 - 7

"Number Sequences" Game

This game is all about adding up and subtracting in sequences. Can you help Molly to reach the other side of the valley by predicting the next numbers in the addition and subtraction sequences? There are three levels and the answers....Read More

 


"Safari Animal Balancing" Game ages 5 - 7

"Safari Animal Balancing" Game

Try to balance the animals with weights on the scale. On the easier level the animals are always a whole number in weight so it is easier to choose the weights to balance your animal is. On the hardest level, some halves and quarters (in decimal format) are....Read More

 


"Number Pyramid" Addition and Subtraction Games and Activity ages 5 - 7

"Number Pyramid" Addition and Subtraction Games and Activity

There are 3 levels in this game (medium, hard and really hard). In these games you need to help Molly escape the pyramid past all the guards by answering the sums by providing the correct numbers or deciding if it is add (' ') or subtract ('-').Obviously as the levels progress the sums get much harder. In the hardest level there are 3....Read More

 


"Fridge Magnet Addition" Activity ages 5 - 7

"Fridge Magnet Addition" Activity

There are two levels (A and B) in this game. In level A you need to work out the answer but in level B you have the answer but only one of the values that make up the answer so you need to complete the question! Also, you can choose to play against the clock or not. The sums are in the form of fridge magnets shapes and you need to drag....Read More

 


"Mental Maths Conveyor Belt Game" Activity ages 5 - 7

"Mental Maths Conveyor Belt  Game" Activity

This game is designed to help you add up in your head. There are two levels (A and B), each with 10 questions to work out from typical real life scenarios (like buying CD's from a shop etc.). You can also get a hint at the answer as well by clicking on the 'Hint' button. Level A is multiple choice and you are given a choice of 3 possible....Read More

 


"Bargain Hunt" Activity ages 5 - 7

"Bargain Hunt" Activity

In this activity you need to add up the prices of items to buy and you are competing against the clock! You can choose to add two or three numbers and there are 3 levels of difficulty. You have 20 seconds to work out each answer and obviously the....Read More

 


"Alien Addition" Space Invaders Game ages 6 - 8

"Alien Addition" Space Invaders Game

This game gives you great practice in adding numbers as you try to destroy the invading spaceships with your laser cannon. You need to shoot the spaceships down that match the changing number on your cannon. All of the results of your shots are given at the end of the game to see how accurate you were. You can configure the numbers at....Read More

 


"Addition Aliens Attack" Addition and Subtraction Game ages 6 - 15

"Addition Aliens Attack" Addition and Subtraction Game

This alien bombing game is all about protecting your city. See if you can zap the aliens before they drop too many bombs by keying in the correct answer to the sum on each alien. If you type in the correct number the alien is vanquished. Once all of your city buildings are destroyed then the game is over. There are four levels of game....Read More

 


"Minus Mission Subtraction Slime" Game ages 6 - 8

"Minus Mission Subtraction Slime" Game

Green slime blobs drop down the screen towards the robot at the bottom but they can be destroyed with the correct answer. Be careful not to allow the slime blobs to reach the robot otherwise it is game over. You can choose numbers for your subtractions in the range 1 to 20 and there are 3 speeds (slow, normal and....Read More

 


"Trimathlon" Activity ages 6 - 9

"Trimathlon" Activity

In this twist on maths game you take the role of an olympic athlete (choose your country by picking a flag).

You first must choose either running, swimming or cycling as your chosen event. Then you have two minutes to try and answer as many of the addition and subtraction sums to 20 as you can. Once the time is up the race....Read More

 


"Brick Blaster 2" game ages 6 - 7

"Brick Blaster 2" game

In this math brick wall game the aim is to complete the math questions and smash the row of bricks apart. If time runs out or if you supply an incorrect answer a new layer of bricks appears and 'drops floorwards' from the top. The end of....Read More

 


"Sum Sense Single Digit Subtraction" Activity ages 6 - 7

"Sum Sense Single Digit Subtraction" Activity

In this activity, you get to choose the correct subtraction sum from the cards provided. For example, you may be given the cards 2, 7 and 9. There are obviously two correct answers here (9-7=2 OR 9-2=7). Either one is marked as correct. You can also choose how many questions you will answer (2 - 99) and how long you need to answer them....Read More

 


"Sum Sense Single Digit Addition" Activity ages 6 - 7

"Sum Sense Single Digit Addition" Activity

In this activity, you get to choose the correct addition sum from the cards provided. For example, you may be given the cards 5,1,8 and 7 There are obviously two correct answers here (7 add 8=15 OR 8 add 7=15). Either one is marked as correct. You can also choose how many questions you will answer (2 - 99) and how long you need to answer....Read More

 


"Speed Grid Challenge Addition" Activity ages 6 - 7

"Speed Grid Challenge Addition" Activity

In this activity, you get to choose the correct addition numbers from the number grid provided. For example, you may be given an addition sum of 17 and you need to click the two addends to make the sum correct. You can also choose how many questions you will answer (2 - 99) and how long you need to answer them (1 - 10 minutes). The....Read More

 


"Ann and Addems Dartboard Game" ages 6 - 7

"Ann and Addems Dartboard Game"

Play this game of darts with three levels with Ann the Bee and Addem the Snake. In each level you are asked to hit a target number on the dartboard. The main numbers are shown but not the double scores (you'll need to be able to add them and work them out). In level 1, your target score can be made with only one dart. In level 2, you....Read More

 


"Number Jungle" activity ages 6 - 7

"Number Jungle" activity

Play four different activities to feed they monkey on a number line. The 1st activity is 'add/subtract numbers 0 -10'. The 2nd activity is 'add/subtract numbers 10 - 20'. The 3rd activity is 'add/subtract by fives 0 - 50'. The 4th....Read More

 


"Snowman Surplus" activity ages 6 - 7

"Snowman Surplus" activity

Run the register at the snowman store! Choose either 'Addition only' or 'Addition and Subtraction'. You have 5 snowmen customers to serve needing various items such as eyes, scarves, hats, glasses, carrots and buttons! Each item is priced in cents. In the addition option you add up the cost of two items for the snowmen. In the 'addition....Read More

 


"Number Bond Machines" activity ages 6 - 9

"Number Bond Machines" activity

Either choose the preset number bonds (number bonds to 5, number bonds to 10 or number bonds to 100) or just set any number up to 9,999,999 !! Once you have chosen you are given one card with a number on and you have to type in the other number that will hit the total to your number bond. The amount of right....Read More

 


"Hundred Chart" video notes ages 6 - 7

"Hundred Chart" video notes

Learn how to perform additions and subtractions using a standard 100 chart (10 rows of 10). The video shows how you can colour or highlight the chart to help you perform and....Read More

 


"Counting Coins" activity ages 6 - 7

"Counting Coins" activity

Add coins together to see if you can come up with the right amount. Follow Frieda the Frog and Diego Dog as they help you understand the U.S. currency of dimes, quarters, pennies and nickels. The....Read More

 


"The Problem Solving Conveyor Belt" Activity ages 6 - 8

"The Problem Solving Conveyor Belt" Activity

Choose from two levels (the first is multiple choice, the second you need to type in the answer) on this conveyor belt addition game . You are given some real life addition scenarios (like making up drinks for a party or weighing out food for a barbeque with your friends) and you have to find the correct answer. Sometimes there are two....Read More

 


"Simple Addition Grid" Activity ages 6 - 7

"Simple Addition Grid" Activity

An activity where you can electronically add any two numbers up to a maximum of 12 plus 12=24. This can show you how to add two small numbers together visually. You can choose different paint colors to highlight the 10x10 grid in any way you want....Read More

 


"Simple Hundred Chart" Activity ages 6 - 7

"Simple Hundred Chart" Activity

An activity where you can electronically learn how to add or subtract easily in tens or count along to add or....Read More

 


"Rock Hopper Addition" Games ages 6 - 7

"Rock Hopper Addition" Games

An activity which requires you to make the frog jump on the correct rocks in order to hit the required target number by addition. You have to jump to an adjacent rock by clicking on the rock you want the frog to jump to. Each rock has a number and when your frog lands on it, your total increases by that number. The aim is to jump on the....Read More

 


"Find a Friend" Games ages 6 - 12

"Find a Friend" Games

An activity which gradually gets harder each game. You need to hit the target number by clicking on tiles next to each other (each one has a value) then click on YES. Repeat until all tiles have disappeared and you can see all of the animal picture behind. There are 6 levels in each game giving you progressively harder targets to hit.....Read More

 


"Fact Dash" Activity ages 6 - 7

"Fact Dash" Activity

Click on 'addition', 'subtraction' or 'mixed' to test yourself on addition or subtraction. . You can choose to be timed (1-3 minutes) or to have unlimited time. If you are timed then when you have finished you are told how many you got right in the time. Otherwise you can do as many questions as you want. You can even choose how the sum....Read More

 


"Ways to make 4" Video Notes ages 6 - 7

"Ways to make 4" Video Notes

In this animated video you are shown some of the ways you can make four with two sets of coloured counters (red and yellow). Why not watch the animation and get some....Read More

 


"Addition Stories" Video Notes ages 6 - 7

"Addition Stories" Video Notes

In this animated video you are shown how to add apples (red apples and yellow apples) on a table. You are also shown how to add two birds to the....Read More

 


"Addition Boogie" Video Song ages 6 - 7

"Addition Boogie" Video Song

This video animated song shows you how to add small numbers together. Starting with 1, you add zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen and....Read More

 


"Model Addition" Video Notes ages 6 - 7

"Model Addition" Video Notes

This animation shows you how to add four red balls and one yellow ball by adding the parts to get the whole. This sum is shown as both numbers and as objects (coloured balls) so you get used to doing the sums....Read More

 


"Adding Zero" Video Notes ages 6 - 7

"Adding Zero" Video Notes

This animation explains that adding zero to something makes no difference to the original number and the sum is the same as the original number. Dominoes are shown to explain the concept....Read More

 


"Ways to make 10, 11 and 12" Video Notes ages 6 - 7

"Ways to make 10, 11 and 12" Video Notes

This animation shows you how to make up ten, eleven and twelve with different numbers of yellow and red counters. For example ten can be made with 8 red counters....Read More

 


"Vertical Addition" Video Notes ages 6 - 7

"Vertical Addition" Video Notes

This animation uses a horizontal domino and dots initially to explain how addition works horizontally. Counting both sides of the domino leads to the sum and the answer. You are then shown how the domino can be turned vertically and this equates to doing addition vertically in columns but you still arrive at the same answer. Learning how....Read More

 


"Take It Away" Video Song ages 6 - 7

"Take It Away" Video Song

This song shows you how to subtract from twelve using Mama's baking of blueberry muffins as the reason. Mama wonders where all her beautiful....Read More

 


"Subtract Zero and All" Video Notes ages 6 - 7

"Subtract Zero and All" Video Notes

This animation shows you how to subtract zero from any number and also how to subtract everything away....Read More

 

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