The main goal is understanding that “addition” means combining/putting together and “subtraction” means finding the difference/taking away.

### Use desired language

Use actions to help your child remember the signs and distinguish between them better. Keep swapping "add", "take away", "subtract", "plus", "minus" to get your child familiar with them.

## The power of board games

### Bus stop game

This game is great to practice adding and subtracting passangers.

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### Spiderman game

This game is perfect f you have a superhero fan in the house. In addition to check who is the winner, and how many do we have together, it helps to develop fine motor skills. Plus the little Spiderman figures will come handy as counters so many times!

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### Fun with Numicon

Roll the dice with big numbers (5-10) first, find the numicon shape, after that roll a second dice with numbers (0-5) and finally roll the dice with + and -. During subtraction place small numicon shape on top of the big one and check how much you have left. To solve addition put two numicon shapes next to each other and count the holes together.

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## Do simple sums

### Adding and subtracting using glass nuggets

Use glass nuggets from your flower pot. To be honest you can use anything your child likes to play with. Try to use dinosaurs, little people, dolls or soft toys. Real vegetables and fruits are also great.

### The power of Numicon

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### Try interlocking cubes

They are great do demonstrate the sums and help to develop fine motor skills.

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### My First addition Snap Game

The game is using numbers up to 10, children will be trying to snap cards with matching answers, for example 6 + 2 with 4 + 4. It is quite early to start this skill but it will help your child a lot in the future. Try to play pairs first, by mathing the numbers together.

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### My First Subtraction Snap Game

You might think that this game is too easy because it is using numbers up to 10 (children will be trying to snap cards with matching answers, for example 5 - 2 with 10 - 7) but it is perfect if your child needs to speed up mental calculations.

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