Engage and Motivate with Multiplication Activities that are Fun!


Traditional teaching methods encouraged the memorization of the multiplication facts – all 121 of them (169 if we include the 11s and 12s). I can still recall as a young child parroting off my multiplication facts. If you’ve ever tried this with your class, and no I don’t recommend it, you’ll find you have a handful of kids who know their tables and will lead the rest. Those who have no clue will just be mouthing along hoping you don’t hear them – not a nice way to build confidence with math.

 

Multiplication games and activities to teach the multiplication tables.

 

 

Multiplication is introduced informally in Year 2 through making groups, arrays and with skip counting.

Then year 3 comes around and kids begin to learn and memorize the facts. Rather than learn them through parroting (or mouthing) the tables we need to provide our kids with plenty of fun learning activities to consolidate the facts and enhance the memorization of them. After all fact fluency is the aim.

I’ve put a whole heap of multiplication resources into this bundle which your kids are going to love. No more boring worksheets!

You can try some two times tables games for free by heading on over to my FREE resource library (AKA free teaching treasures)

Multiplication activities

Have your 3rd grade class practice their multiplication facts from 0 times to 12 times with this set of multiplication games and activities. Address each fact separately before mixing them up. Perfect for learning the times tables.

 

Out of all the activities and games in the bundle, I have to say Find the Answer is my favorite. I use it all the time and the kids I’m teaching love it. It’s easy to use and it’s way more exciting than a normal worksheet. You know the kind I’m talking about – the ones where kids have to answer rows or columns of tables. Yuck! I taught high functioning children with Autism for 10 years and if I gave them a sheet like that – well let’s just say the chances of it being completed without an incident were slim. That sort of activity is so uninspiring and definitely isn’t going to improve anyone’s attitude to math.

 

Have your 3rd grade class practice their multiplication facts from 0 times to 12 times with this set of multiplication activity worksheets. Perfect for learning the times tables.

 

With this multiplication activity, I love that kids aren’t just writing the answer but they are also recording the facts – up to three times. The more they write the same fact the more they’ll start to memorize it. And let’s face it – that’s the aim.

 

Another activity I use is Multiply and Find the Answer. It’s a great interactive worksheet which can be played individually or used as a partner game. Kids spin a multiplication fact and then write it in color above the answer. Once again they’re writing out the number fact which helps with fact retention. The player who has the most equations completed in a row is the winner (if you’re using the sheet as a partner game) otherwise your kids keep spinning and answering until they have answered ten adjacent equations.

 

Have your 3rd grade class practice their multiplication facts from 0 times to 12 times with this set of multiplication games. Perfect for learning the times tables.

 

Did I forget to say that each pack in the bundle helps consolidate each individual fact first from zero and one times (which are combined) to the twelve times tables and then a combination of facts?

Another game, Spin, Answer and Trace, can be used by one to four players. Players spin a fact and write it in the correct box in their column (for multiple players) or single players just write it the correct box in any column. The next time they spin the same fact they may trace the box around the equation. It’s victory for the column (or player) that has all the boxes traced first!

 

Have your 3rd grade class practice their multiplication facts from 0 times to 12 times with this set of multiplication games. Perfect for learning the times tables.

 

Spin and Answer requires students to complete a row of multiplication facts and check it off if they spin that number. I use it as a partner game as well, with students claiming three dice first and coloring them in. If they spin one of their die numbers they complete the whole row of number facts. Whoever checks off three rows for their die first wins. Single players will keep answering the equations until they have each row completed.

 

Have your 3rd grade class practice their multiplication facts from 0 times to 12 times with this set of multiplication activities which address each multiplication fact separately. Perfect for learning the times tables.

 

There is a bit of a theme here with spinning the equation. I really found my class loved the interactive nature of spinning a paperclip before they could write the answer. (Great for fine motor as well!)

 

 

Four in a Row has both a color version for 2 to 4 players or a black ink version for single players. If students are playing it independently they will need a game marker. The student spins the spinner, moves their marker, and writes the product they land on under the correct equation. Each time they answer four facts in a row they color them in. Once again your kids will be writing the facts out multiple times. There is also a color copy for the group game. There’s no writing with those game, players just put their marker over the answer.

 

Have your 3rd grade class practice their multiplication facts from 0 times to 12 times with this set of multiplication games. Address each multiplication fact separately before mixing them up. Perfect for learning the times tables.

 

Spin, Trace and Color is a game format that I have used often. It’s sort of like a bump game but without counters. Coloring in pencils are used instead. When players spin a multiplication fact they trace around the answer. The next time they spin it they can claim the answer by coloring it in (even if they didn’t trace it). Kids love to ‘steal’ their partner’s fact. It’s great as an independent activity as well.

 

Have your 3rd grade class practice their multiplication facts from 0 times to 12 times with this set of multiplication games. Address each fact separately before mixing them up. Perfect for learning the times tables.

 

If you use British English for the word colour it’s not a problem. There is a set of games using British English for the word colour for every pack that requires it.

Another activity which is lots of fun is Make a Path. Students spin and write the number fact above the product. There’s lots of repetitive practice with this worksheet but because the aim of the activity is to make a path from the top of the sheet to the bottom, your kids will not even realize that they are working hard at recalling their multiplication facts.

 

Have your 3rd grade class practice their multiplication facts from 0 times to 12 times with this set of multiplication activities. Address each fact separately before mixing them up. Perfect for learning the times tables.

 

This bundle is growing and so far I’ve added seven new center games and there’s more to come. With this bundle, you will have all the multiplication facts covered. And as an added bonus you’ll have happy kids! Isn’t that what we all want?

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You can check this bundle out at my TpT store by clicking HERE

 

 

Multiplication games and activities

 

Make learning the multiplication tables fun with this set of multiplication games and activities.

 

 

Help your kids remember the multiplication tables with this massive set of multiplication games and activities. Head on over to the FREE resource library to grab a pack of two times tables games.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Emmanual
    May 28, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Great ways to learn multiplication!

  • Reply
    Sui
    July 31, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Hi
    I would like to know how to get a copy of these work sheets.
    Thank you,
    Sui

    • Reply
      Teaching Trove
      August 1, 2017 at 1:44 am

      Hi Sui, If you’re after the freebie just click the link in the post. If you’re after the bundle you can purchase it at my store, just click on the picture above and it will take you there. I’m having a sale on 1st and 2nd August 2017 so you can grab it then at a discounted price.

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