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Kids love ladybirds, so these cute cards, which will be emailed to you as a .pdf file, will appeal to all young learners!

It is often difficult to demonstrate Subtraction to young students, so here is a little story to go with this resource!

Once upon a time there was a little ladybird. She was very sad because she had no spots.

One day she came up with a plan. She decided to try and sneak up on one of the bigger ladybirds to see if she could ‘take away’ some of their spots.

She carefully placed a red sticker over the spots she wanted. But the big ladybird felt a tickle and looked around, and said with a horrified voice. I had 7 black spots but someone has ‘taken 2 away’. Now I only have 5 left. ………….Or words to that effect! So…..

Included in these 'Teaching Timesavers' are 22 A5 Ladybird cards with 0 spots up to 10 spots.


Multiple little ‘take away’ ladybird cards. (The ‘red sticker’ in the story which is placed over a selected number of spots!)

On each large ladybird card, there is a blank number sentence. Students record the numbers, to go with their story, with a dry erase marker in the boxes, if the cards are laminated, or select from the numbers included in the resource and place these in the boxes.

There are small cards that list all the combinations that can be made for each number 1- 10.

Also a number strip, which is a great prompt for those students recording the number sentences.

There are enough cards for a group activity so they are fantastic in an independent activity centre! (Kids love role play)

PLEASE NOTE: The purchase of this resource entitles an individual teacher or parent to reproduce the pages for use in their classroom or home. The sale is on the condition, that there will be no reproduction of, or access to, the resources, by a teaching team or wider school community through an intranet or school website,and the resource will not be forwarded electronically to other people.

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  • Seller location: Matamata, Waikato, NZ

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