We hope that you will enjoy playing some of the following games with your children.
Many of these activities are used during our maths lessons at school!
1. Snappy Fingers
This is a game for two players. This is played like ‘rock, paper, scissors’ but with numbers.
Two players count to 3 and then make a number using their fingers.
Both players then have to multiply both number together.
The one who says the answer quickest is the winner.
2. Multiplication Snap
You will need a pack of cards for this game.
Flip over the cards as if you are playing snap.
The first person to say the fact based on the cards turned over (a 2 and a 3 = 6) gets the cards.
The person who has the most cards at the end is the winner.
3. Rhyme Time
Silly rhymes can help children to learn tricky times tables facts e.g.8 x 8 = 64
He ate and ate and was sick on the floor, eight times eight is 64.
7 x 7 = 49
Seven times seven is like a rhyme, it all adds up to 49.
4. One less = nine
This is a strategy for learning the 9 times tables. The key is that for any answer in the nine times tables, both digits in the answer add up to 9.
e.g. subtract 1 from the number you are multiplying so if it's 7 x 9, one less than 7 is 6.
This number becomes the first digit in the answer so 7 x 9 = 6_.
The two digits in the answer add up to 9, so if the first digit is 6, the second digit must be 3 because 6 + 3 = 9.
This game needs two players.
Make a grid of 6 squares on a piece of paper and ask your child to write a number in each square from their target tables. Give them a question and if they have the answer they can cross it off. The first person to mark all their numbers off is the winner.
6 Looking for patterns
Being able to spot patterns in numbers is an important skill and can help with learning times tables. Children can investigate the following rules:
odd number x odd number = odd number (e.g. 3 x 5 = 15)
even number x even number = even number (e.g. 4 x 6 = 24)
odd number x even number = even number (e.g. 3 x 6 = 24)
7. Tricky Sixes
Six times tables can be difficult to learn. One helpful trick is that in the 6 times tables, when you multiply an even number by 6, they both end in the same digit.
2 x 6 = 12
4 x 6 = 24
6 x 6 = 36
8 x 6 = 48
8 Double, double
A trick for learning the four times tables is to double, double. So for 3 x 4, we do double 3 is 6, double 6 is 12 so 3 x 4 = 12
9 Speed tables
Time challenges can be a good way of helping times tables become automatic. Some ideas include: