Subtraction is a little trickier for our preschoolers than addition. I decided to add an element of fun by creating a Ladybug Chant & Math Game. I made up a chant which you can try with your preschool or kinder children. Our preschoolers had so much fun that they continued to say the chant after the game was over and asked if they could play the game again the next day.

**Ladybug Chant and Math Game + FREE Printable:**

** You will need:**** **

**1 piece of red construction paper****1-2 pieces of black construction paper****1 pair of google eyes (or make eyes from paper)****Scissors****Round circle to trace such as the end of a glue stick (optional)****Glue (either white glue or a glue stick)****Black pen or crayon****Copy of the Chant**

Cut out a ladybug shape from the red piece of paper. If you fold it in half, it is easy to eyeball the shape and cut it out. Cut a head shape, six legs and two antennae out of black paper. Then trace something, such a as a glue stick to get a circle shape. Cut out several circles at a time for a total of 10 from black paper. Glue the legs to the back of the ladybug. Glue the antennae to the back of the head. Glue the head onto the body. Glue the google eyes onto the body. Use the dots for the chant. Do not glue the dots.

**Chant:**

**Ladybug, Ladybug, you’ve got spots!**

**How many spots have you got?**

**1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! **(Children, or one child at a time points to and counts spots)

**Just for fun, let’s take away 1.** (One child at a time takes turns removing a spot)

**10 – 1 = 9! **(Instructor holds up 10 fingers and puts down 1 so that children can count if they don’t know the answer. Pause between 10 – 1 = ? so they can figure out the answer)

**Ladybug, Ladybug, you’ve got spots!**

**How many spots have you got?**

**1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9!**

**Just for fun, let’s take away 1!**

**9 – 1 = 8!**

**Continue this chant until you reach 2 – 1 = 1.**

**Then:**

**Ladybug, Ladybug, you’ve got a spot!**

**How many spots have you got?**

**1!**

**Just for fun, let’s take away 1.**

**1-1 = 0 **

**Ladybug, Ladybug, you’ve got no spots.**

**Just for fun, we’ll give you some.**

**1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! ** (Have children place spots back on the ladybug).

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Cerys Parker says

Fantastic and I love the chant. I know what we will be doing this afternoon.

Theresa says

Thank you Cerys.

I hope you enjoy.

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Danielle Buckley says

I LOVE the chant! So fun and a great way to work on subtraction!

Theresa says

Thank you Danielle!

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Nicolette Roux says

This looks like a ton of fun! and my kids so love things with dots

homemadeexperience.com says

Although I enjoyed math at times because I like solving problems, I think I could've used a game to make it more fun, and I'm sure the babes would love that too when they're older! Thanks for sharing :).

Bree Talks says

This is perfect for my daughter and so easy. Plus I love incorporating catchy songs in with learning. Thanks so much for sharing! She'll love doing a craft together and I'll love doing math together. 😉

Theresa says

Thank you Nicolette.

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Theresa says

Thank you Homemade Experience.

I could have used more fun games for math at this age too. It takes the 'work' out of solving problems.

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Theresa says

Thank you Bree Talks.

I hope you and your daughter have fun with this.

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onlyashes85 says

This is super cute!! I'm debating about homeschooling eventually. Things like this make it seem like it would be extra fun! You're so creative 🙂

Growing Book by Book says

Oh I love this! Chanting and singing is such a wonderful way to learn. Can't wait to do this with my kids.

Theresa says

Hi Onlyashes85.

Thank you! You could always try this and other activities on a weekend or break time and see how you like it.

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Theresa says

Thank you Growing Book by Book!

I hope you and your kids have fun with this.

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Natasha Johnson says

Love the chamt. Will be singing this.

Theresa says

Thank you Natasha!

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