Addition and Subtraction Activity with a Toilet Paper Roll

Help your child learn addition and subtraction with an unsuspecting aid; a toilet paper roll. This Addition and Subtraction Activity will help make math so much simpler for kids.

This activity will also make teaching mathematics a lot more fun!

Addition and Subtraction Activity

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We have a lot of fun toilet paper roll craft ideas as well as many educative ideas to offer (learn with our Printable Pirate Activity Book or have some more fun with Printable Colorful Quiet Book).

Try out this craft if you are looking for an activity to help with numbers, addition, and subtraction.

It’s simple, easy to use, and it’s also colorful and fun.

TP Roll Addition and Subtraction Activity

We will make a neat math paper roll, so join us and grab your tools.

How to Make an Addition and Subtraction Activity

What you need:

  • 5 pieces of colored paper
  • ruler
  • toilet roll
  • pencil
  • black marker
  • scissors
  • glue stick
Materials Used

Step by Step Tutorial

Divide the toilet paper roll into five equal parts. You can use a ruler to make this process easier.

Step 1

As you can see in the example, the ruler helps to keep everything super straight.

Step 2

Cut out five strips of different colors from the colored paper in the same size as the strips.

Step 3

You can use whatever colors you want; these are just the colors used in this project.

Step 4

We like orange.

Step 5

But we also like blue.

Step 6

And yellow.

Step 7

Measure the strips so that there is a small section to glue them together.

Step 8

Write the numbers from 1 to 10 on three strips.

Step 9

Write a “plus and minus” sign.

Step 10

Measure your next strip.

Step 11

And repeat the writing of the numbers.

Step 12

Write an “equal” sign on the next one.

Step 13

And write numbers 1-10 again on the last strip.

Step 14

Be careful not to glue them onto the paper roll – glue only the strips, so they can slide around the paper roll.

Step 15

Glue them over the roll in this order: numbers, plus/minus sign, numbers, equal sign, and numbers.

Step 14

You will be able to move the columns around as you try to solve different problems.

Step 16

You can work on math problems with your child or allow them to work independently.

Either way, this is a game-changer when it comes to teaching and learning.

Fun Addition and Subtraction Activity

Don’t be afraid to allow your child to spend time figuring out these problems.

The colors make the process of learning even more fun.

DIY TP Roll Addition and Subtraction Activity

Which part of this project is your favorite?

DIY Paper Roll Addition and Subtraction Activity

Enjoy learning math!

Addition and Subtraction Activity Idea

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