Color By Subtraction Worksheets

About These 15 Worksheets

These worksheets mix math and art together. Imagine a coloring page, but instead of just coloring it any way you want, there are subtraction fact problems on it. Each problem gives you a hint on which color to use. The fun part? As you solve each subtraction problem and color in the spaces, a surprise picture begins to appear!

How Do You Complete These Worksheets?

Look at the Color Key and Solve – At the side or bottom of the page, you’ll find a list of colors and numbers. For example, you might see “Red – 5”, which means if you get the answer 5, you color that space red. Each part of the picture will have a subtraction problem, like “9 – 4”. Do the math! For this example, 9 minus 4 equals 5.

Match the Answer to the Color – Once you have the answer, look at the color key. Using our example, if the answer is 5, you’ll look at the color for number 5 (which was red) and color that space red. Solve each math problem and color each section until the entire picture is colored in!

Reveal the Surprise – When you’re done, a hidden image will appear! It could be anything – a smiling sun, a starry night, or even a cute animal. The mystery is part of the excitement.

Why To Use These Types of Activities

There is a good deal of research around the efficacy of integrating art into academic learning. Here’s a breakdown:

Integrated Learning Approach – Studies have suggested that integrating subjects, like math and art, can enhance understanding and retention. When students make connections across different disciplines, they engage multiple areas of their brains, leading to deeper learning.

Engagement – Engaging activities, such as coloring, can help maintain students’ interest in a task. When students are interested, they are more likely to be motivated and put effort into the activity. Motivation plays a critical role in learning, and research has consistently shown that engaged students tend to learn more and perform better in school.

Multi-sensory Learning – These worksheets tap into multi-sensory learning. Using visual (seeing), kinesthetic (coloring), and cognitive (subtracting) skills together can make learning more memorable. Studies have indicated that multi-sensory approaches can be especially beneficial for students with different learning styles and needs.

Growth Mindset – Activities that allow for mistakes and problem-solving can promote a growth mindset, the belief that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. In coloring worksheets, getting a color or answer wrong isn’t a failure; it’s an opportunity to learn and improve. Research by Dr. Carol Dweck and others has demonstrated that students with a growth mindset tend to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, and see effort as a path to improvement.

Fine Motor Skills and Hand-Eye Coordination – Beyond the cognitive benefits, coloring helps in the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, as noted in many early childhood studies.

Relaxation and Stress Relief – Several studies suggest that coloring can be a form of meditation and can reduce anxiety. When students are relaxed, their minds are more open to learning.

Different students have different needs, and what works well for one might not work as effectively for another. Still, integrating art with academics offers a creative way to reinforce learning and make it enjoyable.