Challenging math worksheets for children ready for addition

Young children especially love to do addition worksheets because they see this as “big kid’s work.” The addition worksheets I previously added to the website are geared for both beginning and advanced level students, since the sums of the numbers being added go all the way to 20. Since addition worksheets are so popular, I wanted to create a new set of addition and number writing worksheets (intermediate level) that challenges children to count correctly and add together two different numbers but without the benefit of being able to count discrete items like pictures.

Addition and number writing worksheets

As with the beginning level addition worksheets, children will be asked to write the correct numeral in the blank box. The added challenge with these worksheets is that the addition equation is written with numbers instead of with pictures to be counted.

Young children can approach these worksheets in a number of ways. Particularly for younger children, it may be helpful to put the corresponding number of dots over the numbers to show the amount. Then, as with the beginning level sheets, children count the total number of dots to arrive at the correct answer.

Other children simply use the fingers on both hands to represent the two parts of the equation and then count the number of fingers shown.

As a child progresses in skill level, he may be able to say aloud the first number in the equation and continue “counting on” the appropriate amount as indicated by the second number to arrive at the answer. For instance, with the equation 4 + 2, the child might say “four” and add two more by then saying “five, six.” A number line is extremely helpful with this approach to addition. (A number line is a straight line drawn horizontally across a page with the numbers 1 to 10, 1 to 20, or 1 to 50 written below hash marks placed at equal intervals along the line.)

When a child is ready to “count up” in his head, he will benefit from being guided to say the larger number in his head and count on the amount indicated by the smaller number. This means that the child will not simply read the equation from left to right, but will understand that when two numbers are added, the order of the numbers does not matter or change the answer. For example, 2+5=7 just as 5+2=7. Beginning with the larger number is less work for children, as a child can simply say to himself, “five” and then continue counting “six, seven” as opposed to saying “two” then adding “three, four, five, six, seven.”

Once your child has written the answer in the blank box, his challenge will be to match the number to a box of pictures on the right side of the worksheet. With smaller numbers, children may be able to simply look at the pictures and know the amount. By drawing lines to these pictures, the remaining choices are more limited. Of course, with larger groups of pictures, it may be helpful to ask your child to use his finger to touch each picture as he counts to arrive at the amount and then draw a line to the appropriate number.

To reinforce learning, take some plastic numbers (or write numbers on small pieces of paper) and place them in a bag. Ask your child to pick two numbers and say aloud the addition equation using the words “plus” and “equals.” Put the numbers on a table in front of your child, adding + and = cards or symbols to complete the equation. Then, ask your child to solve the equation.

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