Thursday, 27 February 2020 United Kingdom

Top 5 Times Table Games for Kids

Top 5 Online Multiplication Times Table Games for Kids 


There are many approaches to learning the times tables, just as there are many different learning styles. Kids do not have to stick to one method. They should be encouraged to use a variety of methods so that they do not get bored and give up. Times tables Games for kids is a method that can be used both online and offline. Millennium children are used to playing games online or using online as a learning resource. 

any children will appreciate learning the times tables online via the use of an online multiplications games.  There are so many to online times tables games to choose from. There is no reason not to try an online math game - most are free and do not require any particular software. What they do require is the willingness to try them! That's all!  I compiled a list of my favourite online games. I have also included a link to online printable games for the times tables. Here you will find a range of printable games that children can play on the go or at home or school.

                                                Here is a video of all five games in action! 


Times Table Game For Kids Hit The Button by Top Marks. This is a simple game. Select the times tables to play. A times tables questions will flash up and they just have to hit the button to answer it. This is great for any age group  to refresh their times tables skills. The game is for one player. This times tables game is free to play and goes up top times tables 12. It is to practise individual times tables and mixed times tables. My students enjoy playing this one.  This site is secure. 
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Multiplication Times Tables Game For Kids Snakes and Ladders by NinaLaZina. This game is free to play and has no adverts. Children can play against the computer or with a friend. It is based on the traditional snakes and ladders board game and based on the printable times tables snakes and ladders printable game.  Snakes and ladders is said to be a game that increases mathematically ability, so the combination of this with times tables is just perfect.  This site is secure. 
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Times Table Mental Maths Train by Top Marks. Kids  can select to do just a single times table or groups of tables together. This is advert free game and just requires them to select the correct number.  This site is secure. 
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GrandPrix Times Tables Game for kids by Arcademics. Which car will win?  Can you get the most correct to become the winner of the race? A fun way to learn the times table and win a grand pix race! Easy to play. This one is not free from adverts.  The times table are selected by the computer randomly.  This site is secure. 
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Times Tables Game for kids Maths Fishing by Mathsframe. There is something lovely about being near the water and fishing. This game is fun. Children have to catch fish to earn the chance to answer multiplication questions. The character can also have your name. You can see me in the picture. I am the boy called Nina!  This game is advert free. Makes them think and test the times tables at the same time. It has a handy guide as to which times table the children should be learning for each year group. This is a great one for schools as it will keep them occupied for a while!  This site is secure. 
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I hope you enjoy these games. If there are any good times tables games that I have missed off the list, please contact me and I will take a look at them. Have a fun time playing times tables games with the kids! 


Wednesday, 26 February 2020 United Kingdom

The 9 times table trick Fun ways to Learn Times Tables


There are so many multiplication tables to learn. It may seem to children that they will never learn all of them! Any help we give them to learn some quickly and without having to memorise them by rote is always going to be helpful. There are fun ways to learn the 9 times tables that will help them to learn the times tables quickly and with a sense of achievement. For many years schools only taught by chanting, but this does not have to be the case anymore. They can now use a  variety of methods to teach the times tables. Maths is about patterns and the more patterns the children can see in the times tables, the easier and quicker they will learn them. Do not just stick to one method but do try and introduced multiple ways to learnt the times tables. Let's not stress them out over times tables. Let's ensure they can understand and learn them quickly.

Method 1 

The one back add to nine method
The numbers in the nine times tables add to make 9 
1: 1 x 9 = 9   ( 9 + 0 =9)
2: 2 x 9 = 18 ( 1 + 8 = 9)
Now look at this - they are one back / or subtract one! 
2 x 9 = 18   ( one backwards from two is one  1.         1 and 8 equals 9)
4  x 9 = 36 ( one backward from four is 3.              3 and 6 equals 9 )

This is 9 times table trick is great for  children that do not like the finger method below. It is easy to learn. Get them to learn the rules and and write them out. Once they have written them a few times, they will be then ready to practice them. It could not be easier. It works up to 9 x 9. After that it gets a bit confusing for them, but most children will member 10, 11 and 12 times nine with a little memory practise. I play a game where I ask my students just to tell me the first number. For example 9 x 7 is 63. They just have to say 6. We are thus learning the times tables slowly and they are smiling. I then move on to say what plus 6 is nine. They then say 3 and we all say the answer is 63.

Method 2

Hand trick nine times tables

1: Hold both hands in front of you and look at your fingers.

2: To find 5 x 9. Count five fingers from the left and hold down that finger.

3: Count all the fingers before the one held down.

4:  Count all the fingers after the one held down 5

5:  The answer is 45. Watch this video for additional help.

This video will talk you through the 9 times tables hand trick. 




Do these methods work?
I have found that children like the hand trick ( method 2) or the one back add to nine (method 1).  I teach 'the one back, add to nine method'  and my students tend to like that. I do not teach the hand method as I always endeavour to guide my students as much as possible from using their hands for any times tables. It really does depend on the student and what they prefer. I have found that after about two weeks they are using method 1 and enjoy it. They then start to memorise most of the numbers and only then use the method when they cannot instantly recall the 9 times tables facts. They sometimes do forget and I have to remind them about the method, but by then they are well on their way to remembering it without having to use the method.

Should you use it in isolation? 
I think all methods are worth an exploration and that the way to learn should, for all students start with the multiples of the times tables. Once this is secure and they understand the concept of the times tables then any teaching other teaching method / aid  that works for that child is good.

The key is not to limit children to only learning the times tables one way. Variety is the spice of life!

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 United Kingdom

How to Teach Kids Multiplication and Make it Fun


How to Teach Kids Multiplication

It's funny,  or maybe not so funny! I cannot remember learning the multiplication table when I was at school. I do recall enjoying maths, but I have no recollection of anyone teaching me the multiplications tables. That was many decades ago and things have changed - thankfully! Most good schools have set methods for teaching  times tables and targets for each year. Learning the times tables is so important that I cannot imagine why on earth a school felt it was okay not to teach the kids multiplication. However, now the government has stated that all children by year four should be competent  with their times tables. The new DFE times table test is an on-screen test will be sat by students aged 8 and 9 in Year 4.
How to start teaching it
Once a child is familiar with counting in 2's, 3's and 10, can count backwards and forwards and is capable of adding and subtracting,  then I believe they are ready to tackle the times tables.

How to start to teach kids multiplication  
Start with the multiples of a number. For example, if they are learning the 3 times tables, then start by getting them to copy out 3, 6, 9,12 all the way to 36. Get them to do this in columns. They should write this out and say it out aloud. They can do this as many times as they need. Try and encourage them to say it out aloud without looking.  Encourage them to use whatever tactics they require. There is no set way to remember the numbers. This can be done over several weeks. Do not rush the process as it does take time for some children to remember, but once they do - they will be thrilled.

Then write the full  number sentence out 
Once they can write and recall the multiples without looking at the answers, they should move on to writing out  from 1 x 3 = 3 and so on until they get to 12. They should then recite this to themselves as they write.

Mix it up with worksheets, printable games, online games
You should mix this up with online games, videos, printable games and worksheets. Do not just limit it to writing as they will soon get bored. They can listen to multiplication  songs  on YouTube and just have fun learning the times tables.

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They are cheats for the nine, four, twelve times tables. For nine times tables all the numbers add to nine. For fours they can double and double again. (e.g. 4 x 6 is 6 plus 6 = 12 and 12 plus 12 is 24). 
For the nines 9 x 7 = 63  ( 6 and 3 make nine. Also one back from 7 is 6. The first number of 9 x 7)  9 x 5 = 45 ( 4 and 5 make 9. Also, one back from 5 is '4' the first number of 9 x 5). They can use the 11 times tables to get to the 12 times tables. It now is looking not so bad! 

The key is to take your time and let them have fun learning. A little and often is the key to success. The important aspect her is that we prepare children for other aspects of maths, such as factors and long division and algebra... which all require knowledge of the times tables. 






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What's the Easy Way to Learn the Times Tables

It might seem like your child will never remember the times tables
easy way to learn times tablesIt does not seem fair; some children find learning the times tables so easy. They start at about  age of 7 and within a few months or the year they know them all up to 12!  Some children start even younger.  However, this is not the case for may children. These children struggle to remember basics and never seem to grasp the idea behind the times tables. This causes parents anxiety and leaves them feeling helpless.  This is not to say the child is not capable, it just means they need a longer time before they can remember all facts. How long they need - well, that just depends on the child.  How can we help a child that is struggling? The good news is all children with perseverance and a systematic approach they will learn the times tables but it may not be easy, but if will be painless! 
Start from an early age 
One thing to remember for the future, is that you should start when they are about 7 years old. Once a child is secure with adding and subtraction, can count in 2's, 3's, and 10's, counting backwards and forwards then I believe they are ready to tackle the times tables. From my experience, these children understand basic maths and can easily be taught the concept of row, columns and groups. Research has shown that 'giving children an early maths boost is significant because previous studies have shown that differences in mathematical ability between children in the first year at school persist into secondary education'.
Start by explaining rows and column
Even if your child has some understanding of the times tables facts you should still refresh the basics. Show them rows and columns using arrays  and explain to them how this works. There are plenty of videos onmultiplication arrays that can your child understand the basics. Arrays are a good starter to introducing children to the world of times tables and a good model for checking that they understand the concept of multiplication. The last thing you want your child to just memorise the facts without understanding the concept behind it.
                                               Here is a video on arrays.  

Always teach the multiples first
Always start with the multiples first (e.g. 3, 6, 9 , 12, 15). This ways the child understands that multiplication is basically adding on.
Use objects to help them
Arrays are an excellent way for a child to visualise what the times tables are.  Once you start using the arrays to model and visually see multiplication working, you can then also use objects to ....arrays so the child can see and move objects.
Use different resources to learn the times tables 
Remember there is not just one way to learn the times tables. Think about times tables worksheet,  number squares, songs, board games, printable games video games and books as a great way to learn the times tables. Board games such as snakes and ladders have been shown to increase the mathematical abilities of children. 
Parent and Child together 
Learn with your child. Play a game with them for - example times tables snap. Do not constantly test them. When my son was younger, we used to test each other. I only had a few seconds to answer 4 questions, and he had 'lots of seconds' seconds to answer one. Not surprisingly, he won most of the time. He enjoyed this. I obviously gave him an advantage, but learning should be about having fun and learning together. I sure did get quicker at recalling the times tables. Also, when we played times tables snap - I had to snap twice in a row before I could take up the two cards. There are plenty of  easy ways to help your child learn the times tables - just give them an advantage. 
Give them time - it could take years
I found that you just need to give children time. We often forget that they have so many things they are learning - maths, English, science and social skills. Sometimes it just takes time and constant practice before they master the multiplication tables. 
Give encouragement and praise
Make sure you are generous with your praise and encouragement. Many children seek  praise from their parents and if it is not forthcoming, they no longer want to try that activity. Give plenty of praise and explain to them that it will take time but a little and often will soon get them there. Make sure you smile and your praise is genuine. Children can see through false smiles. 

At the end of the day there are no easy ways to learn the times tables, but there are plenty of things you can do to make it more enjoyable and easier to understand. 

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