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# Games!

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 F****ingers**

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 S****nap**

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 T****ime**

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.

**5. Bingo**

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:

- Time how long it takes to write out a times table, then try to beat that time.
- See how many times tables facts from the target times tables can be written in one minute.
- Races against other people at home.

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