Tables Tennis

Age Range: 7 - 11
By: Simon Chubb

This game requires two players... (who will be called A and B for the purposes of these instructions)

A says a number (e.g. 4) and B replies with another number (e.g. 8).

Both children should then multiply these two numbers together (without saying the answer).

In this example, 4 x 8 = 32 so ...

A now says the tens of the answer (3) and B says the units (2)

If one of the children makes a mistake, then they have to complete a forfeit (you could prepare a list of suitable forfeits, or the children could choose what the forfeit might be).

There are a number of variations which can be applied to this game...

Variation 1:

A says a number (e.g. 9)

B replies (e.g. 6)

then A gives a second (e.g. 7) now, (9 x 6) + 7 = 61

so B says the tens (6) and A says the units (1)

a calculator is useful for checking, as is writing things down to begin with.

Variation 2 (a game for 3 players):

A says a tens number (4)

B says a unit (7)

C says an operation (-)

A says a unit (9)

The children work out the sum (47-9) and the answer (38), then...

B gives the tens answer(3)

C says the unit answer (8)

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