Share these maths activities, board games, dice games and card games and really support your child to develop multiplication mastery and understanding.
Maths at home can really help
A child's first experience of multiplication can be a timed times tables test. Research suggests that these tests are linked to the development of maths anxiety. Instead when you share these carefully designed activities with your child at home they will experience powerful imagery which will shape a thorough understanding of multiplication and always be there in their brain to help. The parent information sheets will help you introduce in stages all the different words that can be used: groups of, multiply, product, arrays...Don't worry about not having the maths equipment found in schools. Print the number lines, number grids, slavonic grids and use these really useful tools when you are having fun playing the games.
Activities and games for 4 to 5 year olds-multiplication
Activities and games for 5 to 6 year olds-multiplication
Activities and games for 6 to 7 year olds-multiplication
Fun family activities and board game learning to count in twos.
18 In Pairs
Be confident that by sharing something as quick and simple as counting pairs of shoes with your child you will be giving meaning and strong foundations to their learning of the two times table.
The hidey activity cleverly takes the learning to the next level, encouraging your child to develop mental images that will always be available in their memory to help them.
Play the board game, enjoy some treats and for the final fling get drawing and you will be supporting your child through new levels of learning.
Fun family activities and board game learning about doubles.
28 Spider’s web doubles
Enjoy some creative fun to get the learning started.
Play the dice game and share the excitement when you score a double! The dotty dice and the conversation you share will help your child remember that for example, double six is twelve.
This alone is a great help when your child is learning addition facts but these games and activities offer a whole lot more. By seeing, for example, six dots on both dice, your child will experience a powerful real life example of the fundamental relationship between addition and multiplication.
Your child will also be able to draw upon a knowledge of doubles to make the task of learning lots of times tables facts a whole lot easier.
Family fun card games counting in twos and recognising odd and even numbers.
Counting in twos
Grounding your child’s understanding of odd and even numbers with their experience of an odd shoe is a clever way of remembering a piece of maths language that can otherwise cause lasting confusion.
Have fun colouring and playing with the cards to make full use of the powerful images. Develop the play to help your child to become familiar with the pattern of even numbers and the pattern of odd numbers so that sorting them to 20 and beyond will then be a much more straightforward task.
The ten times table is often learned by rote as a rhyme. Research suggests that table tests of this rote learning can be the start of maths anxiety, hindering the learning of maths for a lifetime. BUT good mathematicians are often NOT good rote learners!!!
When you share these games with your child they will discover that multiplication by ten can be connected to real life through playing with 10p coins. They will experience powerful imaginary images as some of those coins disappear from view helping the brain move from the maths of dealing with objects to more challenging abstract concepts.
With raisins or chocolate the connection between multiplication and division reveals itself naturally... and you will have something good to eat too.
Included are games and activities which offer powerful real life visual images of the connection between multiplication and addition. There are lots of beautiful and useful connections in mathematics that often get lost in a formal education setting but they can more easily be discovered handling real life materials at home. Recognising these connections is absolutely key to maximising our brain’s powerful learning potential.
The games cleverly develop more powerful pictures in your child’s brain by moving from handling objects onto some of those objects being hidden (with the chance to peep!)
The final activity encourages you both to get creative and experience the two times table as a picture on paper- more abstract and therefore the next level of challenge for your child to process and connect.
While educationists disagree about how important it is for a young child to know lots of multiplication facts, all agree that knowing the relationships between different times tables is really helpful.
Get creative with arrays and these relationships will be revealed in powerful picture form. Play these games with your child and their learning will be supported by hearing and saying lots of table facts alongside seeing the array pictures whilst having fun.
The five times table is often learned by rote as a rhyme. Research suggests that table tests of this rote learning can be the start of maths anxiety, hindering the learning of maths for a lifetime. BUT good mathematicians are often NOT good rote learners!!!
When you share these games with your child they will discover that multiplication by five can be connected to real life through playing with 5p coins.
Play the second game several times and as your child learns strategies to win they will be powerfully working with the five times table forwards and backwards! The final activity is a classic one used to add understanding of a concept when saying a rhyme. Taking turns with your child will be a special opportunity to extend this learning even further. Have fun anywhere, anytime.
Get started by playing with coins and you will be helping your child connect and extend their knowledge of three times tables 2, 5 and 10.
Having many different ways of writing and several different words to use, when asking the same maths question offers a particular challenge. Your child may understand a concept but not understand that a question posed slightly differently refers to that concept. As you talk about maths with your child you will be really helping. Play the lotto game together and your child will be able to explore and connect lots of different ways of writing and drawing multiplication.
Then it would be good to encourage your child to practise the language of multiplication...you will need a chocolate bar.