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Easy Games to Help Reinforce Multiplication

Jun 24, 2020 | For Teachers, Games, Maths, Teaching

To go with our Multiplication Grid, we have put together some fun multiplication based classroom games to share with you.

To go with our Multiplication Grid, we have put together some fun multiplication based classroom games to share with you.

Skip Counting

Group your students in a circle and ask them to count by multiples. For example, you might ask them to count to 50 in multiples of 3. You can adjust the complexity of this game by picking larger numbers to count by or asking students to count backwards. Younger grades will complete easier numbers. The higher the grades the more difficult numbers can be used.

Around the World

This game can be played in a circle or with the students at their desks. Have two students sitting near the front of the room stand at their desks. You call out a multiplication sum and the first to give the correct answer winners. The winner remains standing while their partner sits back down. The next student along now stands to challenge the winner. You call out another sum, and the first to give the correct answer wins the second round. The winner remains standing, and the other student sits down. This continues until all of the students have had a chance to compete. The last student standing is the winner.

If you want to extend the game, note down the winner of the first playthrough then play again from the back of the room to the front. Then have the winner of the second playthrough compete against the first winner. If the winner of both playthroughs is the same student have them compete against the teacher. I hope you’ve been practising your times tables!

Buzz

Pick a number between 2 and 9. This is your ‘buzz’ number. Have your students count around the classroom. The first student says 1 the next 2 and so on around the room, but when you reach a multiple of your buzz number the student says ‘buzz’ instead of the number.

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