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31 WAYS TO PRACTISETHE TIMES TABLESwww.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES UNDERSTAND HOW THEY WORKRACE AGAINST THE CLOCKANSWER ORAL QUESTIONSLISTEN TO THE TIMES TABLESTHROW SOME DICEGRAB SOME PLAYING CARDSHELP THE POORPLAY DAMULT DICEPLAY TIMES TABLES SOLITAIRESKIP COUNTREVERSE THE QUESTIONSDECORATE THE ROOMGRAB A SMARTPHONEFILL IN A SQUAREPLAY TIMES TABLES JEOPARDY FLASH THOSE CARDSWRITE SOME LINESCHANTLISTEN TO SOME RAPLEARN A TRICKPLAY WITH BLOCKSSHOW YOUR HANDSBREAK SOME EGGSMAKE SOME SENTENCESEXPLORE RECTANGLESPLAY BINGORUN A RACECHOOSE A PASSWORDPLAY BUZZSHOW YOUR FINGERSPLAY BALLwww.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#1 UNDERSTAND HOW THEY WORKUnderstanding what exactly the times tables mean, will makethem easier to remember.Have your child draw out groups of circles to represent the tablestables. Cool Math.com has a nice page showing how groups ofobjects relate to the times tables at: com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#2 RACE AGAINST THE CLOCKAdding a sense ofcompetition works great,especially if you make thefinishing line easily toreach.Print out 2 copies of thetimes tables worksheetsand either race against theclock with your child. Try toimprove your times over afew consecutive days.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#3 ANSWER ORAL QUESTIONSAnswering questionsorally is much faster thanwriting the answers.Download or play theFaster Times TablesAudio questions for 5minutes of oral questionsor read out somequestions from memoryor from the Faster TimesTables worksheets

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#4 LISTEN TO THE TIMES TABLESYou may have read aboutpeople learning foreignlanguages just bylistening to audio lessons.The Faster Times Tablesprogram includes 5minute loops of eachtimes table. Download orplay while your child isrelaxed to help themmemorise the tables.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#5 THROW SOME DICEThis basic equipmentcan be used to quicklyand easily practicequestions up to the 6 Xtimes tables (or higher ifyou have 10 or 12 sideddice)Get your child to throw2 dice and multiply theresults together. Grab 3dice to make this gamemore challenging!www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#6 GRAB SOME PLAYING CARDSPlaying cards are anothersimple piece ofequipment that can beused in many ways topractise the times tables.Take turns with yourchild to pick 2 cards froma pile and multiply themtogether. To make thegame harder, check tosee if one card can bedivided by the other.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#7 HELP THE POORRegular practice of thetimes tables in differentsituations is essential tohelp fix them in your child’s mind.FreeRice.com, a non profitwebsite, donates 10 grainsof rice to feed the poor forevery correct times tablequestion it’s der.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#8 PLAY DAMULT DICE6. ASTRONAUTCombining times tables practice with addition practice is a great way to extend yourchild. Try Damult Dice:The Rules: Each player takes turns rolling 3 dice. First to break 200 (or 500, etc.) wins.On your turn, you get to choose two dice to add together, then you multiply the sum bythe final die. That’s your score for that turn.Courtesy of http://www.mathforlove.comwww.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#9 PLAY TRIANGLE SOLITAIIRERules: Each turn, the upper card is the target card. You start with twocards in your hand, and take cards from the deck. Your goal is to taketwo that add, subtract, multiply, or divide to make the target value. Doas many rows as possible.Courtesy of http://www.mathforlove.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#10 SKIP COUNTExercise your child’s mind and body at the same time.Exercising while studying increases the blood supply to your child’s brain, helpingthem to retain facts.For skip counting, your child can choose a times table e.g 2’sand then count as he skips; 2, 4, 6, 8 etcwww.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#11 REVERSE THE QUESTIONThe next step after learning the times tables, is to use them fordivision questions.Reverse the questions on the times table that your child is workingon e.g. 6 x what 18?www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#12 DECORATE THE ROOMPut a times tables poster up on the wall in a place where your where your child islikely to spend time.Looking at the poster will give your child the chance to notice patterns in the timestables as well as helping to keep the mutiplication facts fresh in their memory.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#13 GRAB A SMARTPHONEKids love smartphones,especially if they belongto mum or dad and theydon’t normally get to usethem!Download a few timestables apps.Two iphone apps which Ilike are Math Girl Gamesand Times Tables Clock.Great for times tablespractice on the move!www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#14 FILL IN A SQUAREMultiplication Squares are full of interesting patterns for your childto observe. Let your child fill in an empty or partially emptyMultiplication Square, and then shade a few different times tables,each in a different colour.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#15 PLAY TIMES TABLE JEOPARDYDoing something a little unusual with the times tables is a good way to keep yourchild interested.Take turns picking a number between 0 and 100. See how many times tablesquestions you can find that will give that number as the answer.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#16 FLASH THOSE CARDSFlash cards are awell loved tool formemorisation.Create a set of flash cards of difficult times tablesquestions . As your child memorises each question,remove it from the pile, giving a visual reminder ofthe progress they’ve made.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#17 WRITE SOME LINESWriting out the times tables allowsyour child extra time to think abouteach question and answer as theyare writing it.If you have an artistic child, they candecorate their times tables work anduse it as a home made poster.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#18 CHANTINGIf you’ve ever memorizeda poem, you’ll know thatreciting or chanting is aneffective way rotelearning method.Help your child to chant aset of times tables, firstlyforwards, and then, tomake it a little morechallenging, try recitingthem Backwards!www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#19 LISTEN TO SOME RAPA variation on the idea ofchanting is for your child tolisten to or make up a timestables rap.You Tube has several timestables raps that can providesome multiplicationinspiration!www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#20 LEARN A MAGIC TRICKThere are lots of shortcuts to learning the times tables, pointout some of the times tables tricks if your child is havingproblems.e.g. for the 2’s: double; for the 4’s: double, then double againwww.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#21 PLAY WITH BLOCKSPlaying with blocks will help your child “play” withthe times tables, especially if you use blocks ofdifferent lengths.Ask: How many 2 blocks can you fit along the 10block? Or; How many 3 blocks do you need tomake 21?www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#22 SHOW YOUR HANDSShow your child how to do the nine times tables on their hands.1. Hold their hands in front of them with their fingers spread out.2. For 9 X 3 bend their third finger down. (9 X 4 would be the fourth finger etc.)3. They have 2 fingers in front of the bent finger and 7 after the bent finger.4. So the answer must be 27.5. This works for the 9 times tables up to 9 x 10.

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#23 BREAK SOME EGGSAn empty egg box, with all it’s equal sized sections is the perfect playtray to practice some hands on multiplication.Your child can use chocolate chips, dried beans or raisins to count outthe times tables.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#24 MAKE SOME SENTENCESMake a set of number cards and some times and equals cards. Use them tomake times tables sentences. An online version called Sum Sense is mmulti.htmlwww.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#25 EXPLORE RECTANGLESWorking out the area ofrectangles is a commonapplication of the timestables.Help your child to see theconnection between thearea of rectangles andthe times tables by usingsquare pieces of paper orcubes to make rectanglesof different. sizeswww.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#26 PLAY BINGOPractising the times tables with other peoplewill help to motivate your child.Play bingo with times tables answers. Readout or turn over cards with times tablesquestions until one person fills their bingocard.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#27 RUN A RACEMixing the timestables with exerciseand some competitionwill make times tablespractice more fun.Your child can raceback and forth eitheragainst the clock oragainst someone else,while answering timestables questions ateach end.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#28 CHOOSE A PASSWORDIf your child has difficulty remembering a particular number fact, choose that fact alongwith the answer e.g. 9 x 6 54 as a password on a computer or a combination lock thatyour child uses. Courtesy of http://beckyperry.us/www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#29 PLAY BUZZSome games just work better withbig groups, so save this one for whenthe whole family can play or whenyour child has friends over.Choose a number between 2 and 9.The first person says 1, the nextplayer says 2, and so on.When they reach a multiple of thenumber chosen, that player says"buzz" instead of the number.If a player forgets to say buzz, she isout!www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#30 SHOW YOUR FINGERSIf your child likes playing, “Rock, Paper, Scissors” they’ll welcome the chance topractise their times tables using this variation.On the count of 3, each player holds out a number of fingers on their hand (or on bothhands for harder questions). The first person to work out what the 2 numbersmultiplied together make, wins a point.www.mathsinsider.com

31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES#31 PLAY BALLThis game will test your child’s reflexes as well as their times tables.Two players stand a distance apart and throw a ball between eachother. The thrower asks a questions and the catcher has to answerbefore catching the ball.www.mathsinsider.com

or from the Faster Times Tables worksheets 31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES #3 ANSWER ORAL QUESTIONS www.mathsinsider.com. 31 WAYS TO PRACTISE THE TIMES TABLES #4 LISTEN TO THE TIMES TABLES You may have read about people learning foreign languages just by listening to audio lessons. The Faster Times Tables