Target Take Away is a game to teach them the basic ideas of subtraction. We played outside since it’s been so sunny, but you can also play inside by drawing this board on a piece of paper. We used pebbles as our counters, and I used a frisbee for them to throw at the target. You can use anything to count: beans, balls, marbles, pennies, paper clips, etc. You can also use anything to throw: a ring, pennies, a paper clip, a rock, etc.. You start with 10 of something. The goal is to get rid of all of your units. The kids take turns, and whatever number they land on is the number they get to take away from what they have. If it doesn’t land on the target or it lands directly on the line, they get another toss. I like to have them talking about it all the time. “You had 6 and now you have to take away 3. How many do you have now? Oh, so 6-3 is 3?” I want them to get rid of their items by the direct number. So, if they have 5 left but land on 8, they wouldn’t be able to take anything away. I first learned of this idea from “Games for Math,” by Peggy Kaye.