**read alouds to teach multiplication**. I am always on the lookout for new ideas to help students master their multiplication facts. Interestingly, I didn’t always enjoy learning my multiplication facts. I remember sitting down in the kitchen with my dad and copying facts on index cards. It was so boring! I just wanted to go outside and play, but I knew my dad wanted the best for me. Fast forward 25 years and now I want to make sure that learning multiplication facts don’t have to be a dull task for students.

So let me introduce:

**1 – **__Multiplication Songs__

__Multiplication Songs__

Kids love music and beats. They can learn almost anything with great music. Find songs and videos that help make learning the facts fun.

**Best Multiplication Songs for Kids**. If you or your school is willing to spend a little extra cash I would highly recommend

**Flocabulary**. They have some really great songs with excellent beats that older kids will love, but you will need a subscription.

**2 – **__Math Fact Team Competitions__

__Math Fact Team Competitions__

Get kids motivated with math fact competitions! I have found that healthy competition gets high levels of student engagement.

**How do you play?**

- Divide your class in half and create 2 teams
- Students stand in 2 lines (1 line is a team) and face each other
- The teacher can either call out a multiplication fact or hold up equation
- The 1st pair of students call out the answer
- The student that answers correctly 1st gets a point for their team
- Both students sit and the teacher moves on to the next pairing
- This process continues until the teacher has gone through the entire line
- The team with the most points wins

**Note:**If you have an odd number of students, make the extra student the score keeper. One way to differentiate the activity would be to pair students that are at the same academic level to compete against one another.

**3 – **__Spinning for a Multiplication Match__

__Spinning for a Multiplication Match__

Another way to increase student engagement is playing games. In this game, students spin and try to find an equivalent game card. Kids love this game because they are trying to get the most cards. However, the best part is that they are exposed to different representations (arrays, number sentences) of multiplication facts for a deeper understanding.

This game is included in Multiplication Facts Times Table resource. I’ve created one for each of the multiplication facts to 12. This resource is great because it includes 3 different multiplication games, student study cards, and a quick assessment.

Download a **FREE** **copy** of the Multiplication Facts- 11 Times Table Games by clicking on the photo below.

**4 – **__Multiplication War__

__Multiplication War__

Another fun game is an oldie but goodie. Most kids may be familiar with playing for the larger card, but switch this game up to become Multiplication War.

**How do you play?**

**Note:**If you are using the Ace, Queen, and King in the deck, be sure to give them a numerical value. For example, the Ace could be worth 0, Jack could be worth 1, Queen could be worth 11 and the King could be worth 12. Don’t forget to take the Jokers out.

**5 – **__Multiplication Name Tags__

__Multiplication Name Tags__

Get kids moving with multiplication name tags! This activity will appeal to your kinesthetic learners.

**How do you play?**

Create multiplication name tags for everyone in your classroom, including yourself. Throughout the day, everyone should be called by their Product Name. For example, if someone has on the tag “8 x 3” then his or her name for the day would be 24. Have a special time of the day when students must get up and introduce themselves to someone. “Good morning 25, my name is 80!”

**Looking for more multiplication fun?**

Click HERE to download the preview from my TpT store.

Do you have any fun multiplication games that you use in your classroom? If so, please share in the comments section below.

Becca says

GGreat ideas thanks! I knew a teacher who would pop on the multiplication songs the last few minutes of the lesson and the kids loved singing along to it!

Teach80 says

We have a Multiplication Bee every Friday and my students love it! Very motivational. Works like a Spelling Bee.

Leesa Johnson says

Amazing blog. Everyone likes to learn without stress, especially kinds, they avoid notebooks and books but if you give them blocks they will love to calculate. It will surely help parents and tutors to make their child learn.

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sboynton says

I love your Multiplication War template, but there is an error. The Queen card should have the letter Q not J.

Greg says

Thanks so much for noticing that. I just changed it!

Toy Theater says

Good ideas, thanks

Rachael Parlett says

Hi there! I just came across your blog for the first time and I LOVE your ideas! So glad I found your blog!

I love the spinner game!

Rachael

The Classroom Game Nook Blog

Greg says

Thank you Rachel. I am glad you found my blog too. Welcome! I hope that you will continue to find useful content.

Greg

Unknown says

4 in a Row created by TexTeams- very engaging (similar to the idea of Connect 4)

Greg says

How do you play?

Greg

Kris Sawin says

I use a game called Around the World. My kids love it.

Greg says

How do you play Kris?

Greg

Cecelia Hlavaty says

Children sit in a circle with one student (the one going around the world) standing behind a student of their choice. The teacher calls out a math fact (or the in student can roll 2 large 12-sided dice) and the 2 students race to answer the fact. If the standing student is 1st, they move around to stand behind the next student in the circle. If the sitting student is 1st, they switch places with the standing student. If a student makes it "Around the World" by beating every student in the circle, they can win a prize etc.

Greg says

Thanks for the details Cecelia! I know the kids love it 🙂

Debbie says

Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Greg says

Your welcome Debbie. I hope that you found something that you can use in your classroom.

Greg