If you are trying to help a child faced with times tables tests it’s good to know:

Times tables are often learned by rote as a rhyme. Research suggests that times table tests of this rote learning can be the start of maths anxiety, hindering the learning of maths for a lifetime – but we need good mathematicians and here’s the crunch - good mathematicians are often NOT good rote learners!

Research also shows that putting time pressure on a child, for example in a times table test, induces maths anxiety - and from modern brain imagery, we now know that anxiety stops the brain from making new connections.

Educationists disagree about how important it is for a young child to know lots of times tables facts, but all educationists agree that knowing the relationships between different times tables is really helpful. For example if your child knows that five times six is the same as six times five, and that four times four is double four times two, then there are fewer facts to hold in their memory. These relationships are missing from most workbooks, times tables apps, times tables songs and times tables games online.

New learning is lost unless it connects to something you already know.

The tables sum ‘6 x 5’ is abstract. Abstraction makes it much more difficult than you would expect. When your child handles objects, ‘6 x 5’ can be connected to something real. Your child will experience powerful visual images, some of which will always be held in their memory to help with those tables tests. The really helpful relationships between the tables facts will be discovered and revealed in powerful visual form. By using these relationships your child will then be able to rely on a few times tables facts, the ones they find easy to remember, to answer all times tables questions.

A really good way of helping your child with times tables tests is to play times tables games with objects to handle. The visual images are experienced, the relationships are discovered and with no anxiety or time pressure the brain is hardwired to learn. Mistakes - a very normal part of learning - are not important in the context of a game. It’s also much easier to pass on the learning while you’re having fun together!

Here’s how to support your child to remember the two times tables with understanding and fun,
and without fear.

Play the 2 times table ladybird game and by encouraging your child to handle counters and talk about the numbers you will be really helping them to develop powerful visual images and discover patterns. This will then make it much easier for your child to remember the 2 times table facts.

Print or make 'ladybird 2 times tables game cards' and ‘2 to 20 spinner’. You will also need about forty counters: 1p coins, buttons, small pebbles...

*Collect counters to place on the ladybird spots*

☺ Take turns.

☺ Spin a number and collect that number of counters.

☺ For each set of two counters, collect a ladybird card and cover the spots with your counters.

☺ Race to collect ten ladybird cards.

**Pass it on** On your turn, talk about two times tables facts. For example say, “ten, that’s
five times two, I will need five ladybird cards”. Ask “What number are you hoping to
spin?”

Play another day using ‘1 to 6 dice’

**Pass it on** Ask for example “How many more ladybird cards will you get if you throw six”

Play another day using ‘1 to 6 dice’

☺ save any extra counters to use on your next turn.

**Pass it on** Ask for example “you have one extra counter already, how many more
ladybird cards will you get if you throw a three”

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child, e.g. bikes with two wheels.

**Pass it on** Ask “What is the least number of throws I’ll need to win”

Play another day

Collect 10 cards (ladybird or your version) and place a small treat e.g. raisin, cereal hoop, chocolate button, on each spot/circle. You will also need the 2 to 20 spinner.*Spin a number which matches the number of treats to collect one ladybird card and eat
two treats.*

☺ Take turns to spin.

☺ If your score matches the number of treats left, collect one ladybird card and eat two treats!

☺ Repeat until there are no treats left.

**Pass it on** On your turn talk about the number you are hoping to spin. For example say “ I
hope I spin eighteen, nine lots of two is eighteen.”

Note: your child can make lots of mistakes in the context of these games. This is a normal part of learning - don’t worry, reassure and be reassured - mistakes help you learn.

Because research has shown that times tables tests and time pressure can be the start of a child’s maths anxiety, it’s a really good idea to encourage your child to play this type of game handling real objects, building up visual images and confidence, before trying tablet games like the popular topmarks hit the button.

Help your kids develop more understanding of the two times tables with ‘66 Take two’

Download 2 Times Table Ladybird Game (Please be reassured your email will only be used to send a download link)

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Play the 2 times table ladybird game and by encouraging your child to handle counters and talk about the numbers you will be really helping them to develop powerful visual images and discover patterns. This will then make it much easier for your child to remember the 2 times table facts.

Print or make 'ladybird 2 times tables game cards' and ‘2 to 20 spinner’. You will also need about forty counters: 1p coins, buttons, small pebbles...

☺ Take turns.

☺ Spin a number and collect that number of counters.

☺ For each set of two counters, collect a ladybird card and cover the spots with your counters.

☺ Race to collect ten ladybird cards.

Play another day using ‘1 to 6 dice’

Play another day using ‘1 to 6 dice’

☺ save any extra counters to use on your next turn.

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child, e.g. bikes with two wheels.

Play another day

Collect 10 cards (ladybird or your version) and place a small treat e.g. raisin, cereal hoop, chocolate button, on each spot/circle. You will also need the 2 to 20 spinner.

☺ Take turns to spin.

☺ If your score matches the number of treats left, collect one ladybird card and eat two treats!

☺ Repeat until there are no treats left.

Note: your child can make lots of mistakes in the context of these games. This is a normal part of learning - don’t worry, reassure and be reassured - mistakes help you learn.

Because research has shown that times tables tests and time pressure can be the start of a child’s maths anxiety, it’s a really good idea to encourage your child to play this type of game handling real objects, building up visual images and confidence, before trying tablet games like the popular topmarks hit the button.

Help your kids develop more understanding of the two times tables with ‘66 Take two’

Download 2 Times Table Ladybird Game (Please be reassured your email will only be used to send a download link)

Here’s how to support your child to remember the 3 times tables with understanding and fun, and without fear.

Play the 3 times tables ladybird game, and by encouraging your child to handle counters and talk about the numbers you will be really helping them to develop powerful visual images and discover patterns. This will then make it much easier for your child to remember the 3 times table facts.

Print or make 'ladybird 3 times tables game cards' and ‘3 to 30 spinner’. You will also need about sixty counters: 1p coins, buttons, small pebbles…

*Collect counters to place on the ladybird spots*

☺Take turns.

☺Spin a number and collect that number of counters.

☺For each set of three counters collect a ladybird card and cover the spots with your counters.

☺Race to collect ten ladybird cards.

**Pass it on** On your turn, talk about 3 times tables facts. For example say, “eighteen, that’s six times three, I will need six ladybird cards”. Say for example, “Now you have four ladybirds, how many counters do you have?”

Play another day using ‘1 to 6 dice’

☺save any extra counters to use on your next turn.

**Pass it on** Ask for example “you have two extra counters already, how many more ladybird cards will you get if you throw a four?”

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. coats with three buttons.

**Pass it on** Ask “what is the fewest number of throws I’ll need to win?”

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. ice cream sundaes with three scoops.

**Pass it on** Ask “What is the least number of throws I’ll need to win”

Play another day

Collect 10 cards (ladybird or your version) and place a small treat e.g. raisin, cereal hoop, chocolate button, on each spot/circle. You will also need the 3 to30 spinner.

*Spin a number which matches the number of treats to collect one ladybird card and eat three treats.*

☺Take turns to spin.

☺If your score matches the number of treats left, collect one ladybird card and eat three treats!

☺Repeat until there are no treats left.

**Pass it on** On your turn talk about the number you are hoping to spin. For example say “ I hope I spin eighteen, six lots of three is eighteen.”

Note: your child can make lots of mistakes in the context of these games. This is a normal part of learning - don’t worry, reassure and be reassured - mistakes help you to learn.

Because research has shown that times tables tests and time pressure can be the start of a child’s maths anxiety, it’s a really good idea to encourage your child to play this type of game handling real objects, building up visual images and confidence, before trying online tables games.

Download 3 Times Table Ladybird Game (Please be reassured your email will only be used to send a download link)

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Play the 3 times tables ladybird game, and by encouraging your child to handle counters and talk about the numbers you will be really helping them to develop powerful visual images and discover patterns. This will then make it much easier for your child to remember the 3 times table facts.

Print or make 'ladybird 3 times tables game cards' and ‘3 to 30 spinner’. You will also need about sixty counters: 1p coins, buttons, small pebbles…

☺Take turns.

☺Spin a number and collect that number of counters.

☺For each set of three counters collect a ladybird card and cover the spots with your counters.

☺Race to collect ten ladybird cards.

Play another day using ‘1 to 6 dice’

☺save any extra counters to use on your next turn.

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. coats with three buttons.

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. ice cream sundaes with three scoops.

Play another day

Collect 10 cards (ladybird or your version) and place a small treat e.g. raisin, cereal hoop, chocolate button, on each spot/circle. You will also need the 3 to30 spinner.

☺Take turns to spin.

☺If your score matches the number of treats left, collect one ladybird card and eat three treats!

☺Repeat until there are no treats left.

Note: your child can make lots of mistakes in the context of these games. This is a normal part of learning - don’t worry, reassure and be reassured - mistakes help you to learn.

Because research has shown that times tables tests and time pressure can be the start of a child’s maths anxiety, it’s a really good idea to encourage your child to play this type of game handling real objects, building up visual images and confidence, before trying online tables games.

Download 3 Times Table Ladybird Game (Please be reassured your email will only be used to send a download link)

Here’s how to support your child to remember the four times tables with understanding and fun and without fear.

Play the 4 times tables ladybird game, and by encouraging your child to handle counters and talk about the numbers you will be really helping them to develop powerful visual images and discover patterns. This will then make it much easier for your child to remember the 4 times table facts.

Print or make 'ladybird 4 times tables game cards' and ‘4 to 40 spinner’. You will also need about eighty counters: 1p coins, buttons, small pebbles…

*Collect counters to place on the ladybird spots*

☺Take turns.

☺Spin a number and collect that number of counters.

☺For each set of four counters collect a ladybird card and cover the spots with your counters.

☺Race to collect ten ladybird cards.

**Pass it on** On your turn, talk about four times tables facts. For example say, “sixteen, that’s four times four, I will need four ladybird cards”. Look at three ladybird picture cards, point and say, “three lots of four is double three lots of two.”

Play another day using ‘4 to 9 dice’

☺save any extra counters to use on your next turn.

**Pass it on** Ask for example “you have two extra counters already, how many more ladybird cards will you get if you throw a nine?”

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child, e.g. cars with four wheels.

**Pass it on** Ask “what is the least number of throws I’ll need to win”

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. ice cream sundaes with three scoops.

**Pass it on** Ask “What is the least number of throws I’ll need to win”

Play another day

Collect 10 cards (ladybird or your version) and place a small treat e.g. raisin, cereal hoop, chocolate button, on each spot/circle. You will also need the 4 to40 spinner.

*Spin a number which matches the number of treats to collect one ladybird card and eat four treats.*

☺Take turns to spin.

☺If your score matches the number of treats left, collect one ladybird card and eat four treats!

☺Repeat until there are no treats left.

**Pass it on** On your turn talk about the number you are hoping to spin. For example say “ I hope I spin twenty, five lots of four is twenty.”

Note: your child can make lots of mistakes in the context of these games. This is a normal part of learning - don’t worry, reassure and be reassured - mistakes help you to learn.

Because research has shown that times tables tests and time pressure can be the start of a child’s maths anxiety, it’s a really good idea to encourage your child to play this type of game handling real objects, building up visual images and confidence, before trying online tables games.

Download 4 Times Table Ladybird Game (Please be reassured your email will only be used to send a download link)

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Play the 4 times tables ladybird game, and by encouraging your child to handle counters and talk about the numbers you will be really helping them to develop powerful visual images and discover patterns. This will then make it much easier for your child to remember the 4 times table facts.

Print or make 'ladybird 4 times tables game cards' and ‘4 to 40 spinner’. You will also need about eighty counters: 1p coins, buttons, small pebbles…

☺Take turns.

☺Spin a number and collect that number of counters.

☺For each set of four counters collect a ladybird card and cover the spots with your counters.

☺Race to collect ten ladybird cards.

Play another day using ‘4 to 9 dice’

☺save any extra counters to use on your next turn.

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child, e.g. cars with four wheels.

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. ice cream sundaes with three scoops.

Play another day

Collect 10 cards (ladybird or your version) and place a small treat e.g. raisin, cereal hoop, chocolate button, on each spot/circle. You will also need the 4 to40 spinner.

☺Take turns to spin.

☺If your score matches the number of treats left, collect one ladybird card and eat four treats!

☺Repeat until there are no treats left.

Note: your child can make lots of mistakes in the context of these games. This is a normal part of learning - don’t worry, reassure and be reassured - mistakes help you to learn.

Because research has shown that times tables tests and time pressure can be the start of a child’s maths anxiety, it’s a really good idea to encourage your child to play this type of game handling real objects, building up visual images and confidence, before trying online tables games.

Download 4 Times Table Ladybird Game (Please be reassured your email will only be used to send a download link)

Here’s how to support your child to remember the five times tables with understanding and fun and without fear.

Play the 5 times tables ladybird game, and by encouraging your child to handle counters and talk about the numbers you will be really helping them to develop powerful visual images and discover patterns. This will then make it much easier for your child to remember the 5 times table facts.

Print or make 'ladybird 5 times tables game cards' and ‘5 to 50 spinner’. You will also need lots of counters: 1p coins, buttons, small pebbles…

☺Take turns.

☺Spin a number and collect that number of counters.

☺For each set of five counters collect a ladybird card and cover the spots with your counters.

☺Race to collect ten ladybird cards.

Play another day using ‘5 to 10 dice’

☺save any extra counters to use on your next turn.

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. flowers with five petals.

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. ice cream sundaes with three scoops.

Play another day

Collect 10 cards (ladybird or your version) and place a small treat e.g. raisin, cereal hoop.. on each spot/circle. You will also need the 5 to50 spinner.

☺Take turns to spin.

☺If your score matches the number of treats left, collect one ladybird card and eat five treats!

☺Repeat until there are no treats left.

Note: your child can make lots of mistakes in the context of these games. This is a normal part of learning - don’t worry, reassure and be reassured - mistakes help you to learn.

Because research has shown that times tables tests and time pressure can be the start of a child’s maths anxiety, it’s a really good idea to encourage your child to play this type of game handling real objects, building up visual images and confidence, before trying tables apps which are basically quick fire tests.

Help your kids develop more understanding of times tables with ‘79 Fifty or Bust’ ‘77 Arrays’ and ‘81 multiplication lotto’.

Download 5 Times Table Ladybird Game (Please be reassured your email will only be used to send a download link)

Here’s how to support your child to remember the six times tables with understanding and fun and without fear.

Play the 6 times tables ladybird game, and by encouraging your child to handle counters and talk about the numbers you will be really helping them to develop powerful visual images and discover patterns. This will then make it much easier for your child to remember the 6 times table facts.

Print or make 'ladybird 6 times tables game cards' and ‘6 to 60 spinner’. You will also need lots of counters: 1p coins, buttons, small pebbles…

*Collect counters to place on the ladybird spots*

☺Take turns.

☺Spin a number and collect that number of counters.

☺For each set of six counters collect a ladybird card and cover the spots with your counters.

☺Race to collect ten ladybird cards.

**Pass it on** On your turn talk about six times tables facts. For example say, “thirty, that’s five times six, I will need five ladybird cards”. Say for example “Now you have four ladybirds, how many counters do you have? Look at two ladybird picture cards, point and say, “two lots of six is double two lots of three.”

Play another day using ‘7 to 12 spinner’

☺save any extra counters to use on your next turn.

**Pass it on** Ask for example, “you have three extra counters already, how many more ladybird cards will you get if you spin a seven”

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child, e.g. egg boxes with six eggs.

**Pass it on** Ask “what is the least number of throws I’ll need to win?”

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. ice cream sundaes with three scoops.

**Pass it on** Ask “What is the least number of throws I’ll need to win”

Play another day

Collect 10 cards (ladybird or your version) and place a small treat e.g. raisin, cereal hoop.. on each spot/circle. You will also need the 6 to60 spinner.

*Spin a number which matches the number of treats to collect one ladybird card and eat six treats.*

☺Take turns to spin.

☺If your score matches the number of treats left, collect one ladybird card and eat six treats!

☺Repeat until there are no treats left.

**Pass it on** On your turn talk about the number you are hoping to spin. For example say “ I hope I spin thirty, five lots of six is thirty.”

Note: your child can make lots of mistakes in the context of these games. This is a normal part of learning - don’t worry, reassure and be reassured - mistakes help you to learn.

Because research has shown that times tables tests and time pressure can be the start of a child’s maths anxiety, it’s a really good idea to encourage your child to play this type of game handling real objects, building up visual images and confidence, before trying tables apps which are basically quick-fire tests.

Download 6 Times Table Ladybird Game (Please be reassured your email will only be used to send a download link)

X
Play the 6 times tables ladybird game, and by encouraging your child to handle counters and talk about the numbers you will be really helping them to develop powerful visual images and discover patterns. This will then make it much easier for your child to remember the 6 times table facts.

Print or make 'ladybird 6 times tables game cards' and ‘6 to 60 spinner’. You will also need lots of counters: 1p coins, buttons, small pebbles…

☺Take turns.

☺Spin a number and collect that number of counters.

☺For each set of six counters collect a ladybird card and cover the spots with your counters.

☺Race to collect ten ladybird cards.

Play another day using ‘7 to 12 spinner’

☺save any extra counters to use on your next turn.

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child, e.g. egg boxes with six eggs.

Play another day. Make some game cards showing something meaningful to your child e.g. ice cream sundaes with three scoops.

Play another day

Collect 10 cards (ladybird or your version) and place a small treat e.g. raisin, cereal hoop.. on each spot/circle. You will also need the 6 to60 spinner.

☺Take turns to spin.

☺If your score matches the number of treats left, collect one ladybird card and eat six treats!

☺Repeat until there are no treats left.

Note: your child can make lots of mistakes in the context of these games. This is a normal part of learning - don’t worry, reassure and be reassured - mistakes help you to learn.

Because research has shown that times tables tests and time pressure can be the start of a child’s maths anxiety, it’s a really good idea to encourage your child to play this type of game handling real objects, building up visual images and confidence, before trying tables apps which are basically quick-fire tests.

Download 6 Times Table Ladybird Game (Please be reassured your email will only be used to send a download link)

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