At the end of second grade my son started learning his multiplication facts along with a few division facts. He had been using a free math site his 2nd grade teacher recommended called Xtra Math and after finishing addition and subtraction facts, moved on to multiplication. Though the site was effective in teaching him math facts, it stressed him out to the point of tears.
Xtra Math has this feature that makes you “Race the Teacher.” If you don’t answer the problem correctly in about two seconds, you get dinged. He hated that portion of the questions but you had to complete it before the site said that you were done.
I like using math gaming apps to get my son to practice his math facts. He will only play each game twice so we need a lot of sites to keep him engaged. That really motivates me to find more fun math sites for him.
What is your favorite math site or game to learn multiplication facts?
Fun and FREE Multiplication Games
Here’s a few that he likes:
Grand Prix: Race other kids in a car racing game that is fueled by how quickly and accurately you can solve multiplication math fact problems. You can also race the computer, and adjust the questions to focus on a particular math fact set.
Meteor Multiplication: Shoot down meteors by correctly solving multiplication problems. You shoot from the product, and have to identify the two factors.
Fun 4 the Brain: This is a self timed multiplication (or other math facts) quiz.
X Factor: Shoot the ball marked with a factor to hit another ball with a factor to get to product that’s on the page.
Alien Lunch: Serve the aliens lunch as quickly as possible by giving them the correct lunch. They have the problem on their plate and you have four food choices with the answer.
Tricks and Tips to Learn Multiplication Facts
I have used different strategies to get all three of my kids to master their multiplication facts. My oldest liked singing skip counting songs. Well, maybe “like” is too strong a word, but these songs were very effective for her in learning both multiplication and division facts.
Skip Counting Songs to Learn Multiplication (and Division)
Here’s a sample for learning the 8 facts:
Times 8 — This is best song. Sing to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”
8, 16, 24, 32….40!
48, 56, 64….72!
8 times 10 equals 80, 8 times 11 equals 88, and 8 times 12 is 96…. Hurrah! Hurrah!
My middle daughter’s 3rd grade class put their heads together to come up with these strategies to reason out their multiplication math facts.
x 1: it’s just the number itself. 10 x 1 = 10
x 0: it’s always zero. This is the only multiplier that always has the same answer. anything x 0= 0
x 10: just add a zero to the number. 2 x 10 = 20
x 2: double the number. 4 x 2=8 (i.e. 4 + 4= 8)
x 5: count by 5′s. The answer always ends in either 5 or 0. 5 x 5= 25
x 9: hand trick.
x 3: count by 3′s
x 4: double, double
x 8: double double double
8 x 8 Math Fact Rhyme
Her teacher taught the class this rhyme that has enabled her 4 year-old brother to master this one math fact (8 x 8):
I ate and I ate until I threw up on the floor,
so 8 times 8 is 64!
Non Electronic Toys to Learn Multiplication Facts
My oldest liked the tactile quality of wrapping the string around the math fact question into a pattern. Did you get it right? You can flip the key over and the string pattern needs to match up.
My son prefers this keyboard-like game to learn math facts. Sometimes he just likes to play with it to make patterns by pressing in the keys.
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