15 Fun, Hands-On Ways to Teach Multiplication

  1. Array City: Create an array city by drawing buildings on graph paper or using manipulatives like blocks. Each row represents a different multiplication fact (e.g., 2 times table), and each building represents a product. Students can explore the city and identify patterns in multiplication.
  1. Multiplication Frenzy: Set a timer and challenge students to write down as many multiplication facts as they can in a given time. This fast-paced activity helps improve fluency and recall of multiplication facts.
  1. Multiplication Bingo: Create bingo cards with multiplication facts instead of numbers. Call out products, and students cover the corresponding facts on their cards. The first to get a line or a full card wins.
  1. Fact Family Houses: Draw houses with three windows. In each window, write a different number for a fact family (e.g., 3, 5, and 15 for the 3 times table). Students identify the missing number and complete the fact family.
  1. Multiplication Hopscotch: Draw a hopscotch grid and write multiplication facts in each square. Students solve the multiplication before hopping to the next square. This activity combines movement and multiplication practice.
  1. Card Games: Play card games like Multiplication War or Multiplication Go Fish. Use a deck of cards with numbers 1-10 and assign each card a value. Students solve the multiplication fact to win the card.
  1. Multiplication Puzzles: Create puzzles where students match multiplication facts with their products. Cut out square pieces and mix them up. Students solve the multiplication and connect the correct pieces.
  2. Multiplication Chants: Create catchy chants or rhymes for each multiplication fact family. Students recite the chants while practicing the facts, helping with memorization.
  1. Multiplication Wheel: Create a multiplication wheel with different numbers on the outer circle and inner circle. Students spin the wheel and multiply the two numbers indicated. This activity adds an element of randomness.
  1. Multiplication Art: Incorporate art into multiplication practice. For example, students can create a mosaic using repeated patterns or shapes while identifying multiplication facts.
  1. Multiplication Relay Race: Divide students into teams and set up a relay race where each team member solves a multiplication fact before passing the baton. The first team to complete the race wins.
  1. Multiplication Scavenger Hunt: Hide multiplication fact cards around the room or outdoor area. Students search for the cards and solve the multiplication facts as they find them.
  1. Multiplication Story Problems: Write story problems that involve multiplication. Students solve the problems and explain their reasoning, connecting multiplication to real-life situations.
  1. 1 Multiplication Tic-Tac-Toe: Create a tic-tac-toe board with multiplication facts instead of Xs and Os. Students solve the multiplications to place their mark on the board. The first to get three in a row wins.
  1. Multiplication Technology: Utilize online games, apps, or interactive websites to engage students in multiplication practice. There are various educational resources available that make learning multiplication fun and interactive.

These hands-on activities can make learning multiplication more enjoyable and help students develop a strong foundation in multiplication skills.

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