Starry Night Subtraction August 03 2009

Each Starry Night Subtraction craft represents a subtraction problem.

Subtracting the stars underneath the clouds solves the subtraction problem.

Students write the subtraction problem on the tree.

(e.g. 15 – 4 = 11)


  • Free Starry Night Subtraction template
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
    (yellow for stars & moon, dark blue for background, light blue or gray for the clouds, black for tree)
  • Glue
  • White, yellow, green and blue crayons.


Teacher, teacher’s aid or parent volunteer

1. Print the free template

2. Trace the pieces onto construction paper.

3.  Display a printout of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night painting.


1. Cut out pieces.

2. Glue the tree and moon onto the dark blue construction paper.

3. Choose a subtraction problem. (e.g. 15 – 4 = 11, Teacher may write several subtraction problems on the whiteboard as an example.

4. Create the subtraction problem.  Paste 15 stars on the paper. Hide 4 stars underneath the cloud.

5. Write the subtraction problem in pencil at the bottom of the page.

Teacher approves subtraction problem.


1. Trace subtraction problem in yellow or white crayon.

2. Draw the rolling hills and small town in the background (optional).

These subtraction Starry Night crafts look great on a classroom bulletin board.

Print out and display Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night painting next to the finished crafts.

The students can also learn from each other, as they solve each Starry Night subtraction problem.

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