Do you remember when Pluto was a planet? Then it wasn’t. Now it is considered a dwarf planet. I was fascinated with space before this happened, but after they changed Pluto’s classification, I was even more fascinated. My love for space has transferred to my kids too.
They are intrigued by it. So whenever I can use space as a theme for learning activities, I always do! This Space Sums math game is the perfect example!
We have included three different versions of these math mats. There is a rocket & space shuttle, planets, and a cute alien. We’ve included these mats as both addition and subtraction. These are the fun objects and pictures that my kids love when it comes to space. It also is the perfect way to practice both addition and subtraction.
We left the factors, sum and difference places blank. This way you can practice any equation that you would like.
Check out our Space Themed Matching Game too!
You really don’t need a whole lot to prep these mats. My suggestion would be to laminate them, after they are printed, so that you can reuse them over and over. You can then use them with a dry erase marker or dry erase crayons.
If you don’t have a laminator, you can use dry erase pockets too. These are super helpful and convenient.
The activity is prepped at this point. Super easy, right?
Now it’s time to play.
You can write the equations and your child can solve. You could write a list on a piece of paper and your child can write the whole equation and then the answer.
If addition and subtraction is new to your child, you can use manipulatives. You could use literally anything – pom poms, buttons, playdough, or whatever you have. The manipulatives can help kids work through the addition or subtraction problem.
You may also like our LEGO Themed 100’s Chart.