Times Tables

This is a gem of an idea we spotted a maths co-ordinator using with their Y3 class. It helps children to focus on developing their knowledge and understanding of multiplication tables. Like most of the best teaching ideas it's not reliant on rote-learning - instead it enhances children's understanding by encouraging them to think!

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Following a suggestion from one of our members, we have taken our Critter Multiples maths game and extended it.

This new 12 page pdf file is only available from the mathsticks+ dashboard. It includes 5 different game boards and a set of number choice circles. These new games focus on specific times tables from 3x to 12x. Read more »

Teaching multiplication board gameCritter Multiples is a straightforward multiplication game for two players.

The game is ideal for teachers who are focusing work on factors and products. It offers plenty of opportunities for children to practice finding the product of two numbers in a fun, engaging way.  In this version the numbers are chosen by rolling dice so the factors are limited to 1 - 6. Read more »

multiplication game using diceThis simple maths game is designed to give children practice working on their multiplication facts.

The downaload includes four special gameboards and instructions. Two children use a game-board between them; they will also need a dice and a number of counters each. Read more »

Quick maths starters sometimes need to be simple and straightforward - and you don't get any simpler than this. A series of speedy questions where the only response is "True" or "False". However, as you might guess, there's a great deal of maths going on behind this 'simple' activity.

So, what have we got for you?

A PowerPoint presentation that displays clear statements like this: Read more »

times tables gameHere’s an excellent game to help children develop their use of the multiplication tables.

Give a pair of children the grid of numbers, illustrated below. Each player also needs a set of coloured counters.

They take it in turns to identify a square where they want to place one of their counters. In order to keep the counter there they must correctly state two factors that produce that specific product. Read more »

Follow MeThe follow me circle game has quickly become favourite maths activity in most Primary schools. Yes, it is the quality of the organisation, teaching and questioning that makes the activity so powerful. On a number of occasions I have seen this activity carried out with the questions written on post-it notes, or simply scraps of paper. Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis is Mental and Oral starter gives children plenty of opportunities to work with a specific 'times table'.

However the focus is on using a range of strategies to solve mathematical problems. It's also quite fun!

You start off by showing the children times table. However, most of the numbers are replaced by letters.

Here's an example using the 9 Times Table: Read more »

game for learning times tablesThis game is designed to offer children plenty of opportunities to practice those troublesome times tables; the 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x. The game is for two players, you need the Hard Times board, the Hard Times number cards, and a set of counters – 8 of one colour and 8 of another.

The Hard Times board is a grid of 16 squares with 16 product cards. Read more »

times table target boards

These represent a simple but fun way for children to record their developing skills with the times tables. Read more »

times tables with the counting stick 

This is a wonderful example of teaching techniques using a counting stick. This video, taken from a lecture at Bath Spa University, shows Jill Mansergh helping a group of trainee teachers learn the 17 times table. The 17 times table is demonstrated to ensure that the trainees are outside their 'comfort zone' and go through the learning process, in a similar fashion to most children.

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naughts and crosses maths gameHere's a unique slant (as far as I can tell) on a very old game.

First, pick your ordinary, everyday, everyone can play game, Naughts and crosses (or TicTac Toe). Second, boost it with a mathematical link (in this case times tables).

The result is a fun, educational maths game focussed on helping children practice those 'hard' times tables, the 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x. Read more »

Calculator maths game - five times tableThis is another clear board game designed to help children develop confidence with products and factors.

The focus here is on the five times-table. Read more »

Three in a row maths gameHere's a quick and easy maths game to help children practice mental multiplication in the context of a game. The children have a collection of coloured counters and a game-board. The game-board features a 4 by 4 grid of numbers, and seven separate numbers (in red). The red numbers are factors; the numbers in the grid are products. The children take it in turns to find two red numbers which, when multiplied, will match a cell on the board. Read more »

test yourself with this times table activityA straightforward, but engaging way for children to demonstrate their skills and understanding of times tables.

This resource was developed by a student to use on a recent school based training. The student created this for a Y4 class, adapting an original spelling activity. I don't think it's been used in this format before. Thank you Laura for letting me share it on this site. Read more »

Factors and multiplication board gameThis is a simple 'Track' game which encourages children to practice multiplication problems. There is a very strong focus on identifying factors and  (as usual) on the accurate use of vocabulary.

The downloadable pdf file includes two boards and teachers' notes - with 10 alternative modes of play!

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