Saturday, April 13, 2024

# Teaching Ideas to help children learn their Times Tables

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Ages: 5-11

If you are looking for new ways to help your children learn their times tables, take a look at our enormous list of apps, games and resources below. You could also have a dedicated times tables day or week to raise the profile of this topic and encourage your children to focus on their multiplication knowledge!

## Apps

• Hit the Button is a fantastic, free game for practising maths facts, with lots of different options for times tables. As well as being good for individual practice on devices, it can make a fun class activity on an interactive whiteboard. Try forming a relay team to come up and answer questions, or nominate a “button hitter” while the rest of the class say the answers.
• Try out DoodleTables, which has a free trial of their great interactive resources.
• Use the popular TimesTablesRockStars site; the children love competing against each other!
• Dorling Kindersley has a great free Times Tables app for Apple devices.

## Games

• Either give the children a bingo grid for the times tables you are studying, or ask them to write either the answers or the calculations for a given table (or tables), and use them for a bingo game.
• Challenge children to find patterns in a multiplication square.
• Try this quick and fun game for the end of a lesson.
• Play ‘Beat the calculator’. Put children into pairs, one with a calculator and one with a whiteboard and pen. Call out a times tables question: who is fastest to show the answer?
• Give the children a number of items (such as counters or cubes) and challenge them to show a times table using them.
• Write multiplication questions on Jenga blocks. As players take a block, they also solve the calculation.

## Videos

• This YouTube channel uses popular songs to teach times tables, such as the 8 Times Tables to the tune of Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

• The Musical Me on YouTube also has a great selection of Times Tables covers, such as this version of Radioactive.

• Challenge your children to learn this Rolling Numbers routine!

## Computing:

• Challenge the children to use a spreadsheet to create a multiplication square (Here’s how).
• Play “Beat Alexa / Google / Siri”. Ask a voice assistant a times tables question and challenge your children to give the correct answer before it responds!
• Challenge children to create a video, presentation, or animation demonstrating times tables. For example, they could make and video different arrays.

## Design Technology:

• Make a Multiplication Wheel using our free template.
• Challenge children to find a given number of Lego bricks or wooden blocks (such as 2 x 5) and build something using all of them.
• Fold a Fortune Teller and write multiplication facts on it. This video explains how to make a fortune teller:

## Art:

• Create a times tables picture. For example, can you draw a picture that includes numbers in the two times table (like a pair of shoes, four place settings, and so on).
• Thread beads onto a string in a pattern that shows the times tables, such as three red, three blue etc.
• Create a multiplication square using mosaic techniques.

## Music:

• Create a times table rap.
• Beat out the rhythm of times tables on a drum or other percussion instrument.

## Physical Education:

• Write the answers to times table calculations on the ground in chalk. As children jump on the numbers, get them to shout out the calculation.
• Set up a hopscotch game with times tables as the squares.
• Set up a relay race. As the children pass the baton, they have to answer a times table question.
• Recite times tables while skipping. How far can you go?
• Allocate a different action to each answer in a times table – for example; 2 jump twice on the spot, 4 hop 4 times, 6 take 6 paces. Call out the questions and children respond by doing the actions.
• Put the answers to times tables questions round the space. When you call out the question, children run to the answer.
• Chant tables while the children warm up for PE.
• Set up hoops with different multiplication questions in them. When you call out an answer, the children throw a bean bag into the hoop with the matching question.
• Give children a piece of chalk and challenge them to write times tables on the playground.
• Chalk out a large number line and ask children to jump along it, showing the times tables. For example, 1 x 7 = 7 (so they jump on 7), 2 x 7 = 14 (so they jump on 14).
• Create a scavenger hunt with times tables questions to solve.
• Write times table questions on a beach ball. As children catch it, they have to solve the question they can see on top before they throw it to another person.
• Get moving to your times tables with the BBC Super Movers.