These multiplication tables spinners will help your kids learn and master the times table in a fun way.
Multiplication tables are one of those rites of passage we all had to go through at school. We had to learn them at school and also practice them at home.
I remember the times tables were boldy printed on the back all exercise books so there really couldn’t any excuse for not practicing. I tell you they were not fun.
Times tables spinners however, are a great way of making learning and practicing the times table fun for kids. Making the multiplication table fun is a sure fire way to make kids master the times table.
Fun Ways to Teach Times Tables
- Start with simplest to the hardest. Start with the easy numbers like the 1 times tables and 10 times tables. They are straightforward and will build the child’s confidence and reassure them they can take on the much difficult tables ahead .
- Show them tricks or patterns that can aid the fast learning of the tables. For example, the 2 times tables is basically adding any number twice so 2 X 6 is the same as 6 + 6.
- Introduce problem solving scenarios that will require involve multiplication.
- Add significance to certain number to create memory hooks. eg The twins are both 5 years old and their combined age is 5 X 2 =10.
- Point out the obvious (but not necessarily to them) eg 2 X 9 is the same as 9 X 2.
- As your child improves, drill them a few times a day and make it fun.
- Don’t forget that pat on the back. When they do well, give them a well deserved praise. If they don’t do well, encourage them. Don’t throw negativity their way through criticism.
How Make Your Own Multiplication tables Spinners
- Cardstock paper
- Paper fasteners
- Wooden skewer
Print the template. Get the Free multiplication times table template 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 times table.
Cut out the round templates
Cut out the left and right sides of the middle part of the multiplication table spinners. This is the part that reveals the numbers.
Using a wooden skewer, poke holes in the dots in the middle of the circles to ensure your spinners are in alignment.
I had to redesign the template and added the dots as i discovered i couldn’t just accurately pinpoint where the centre is to poke the hole.
Note: The dot on the smallest circle is a lighter shade than the other two but is still visible on any paper.
Insert a paper fastener through the top, middle and bottom circles and close it up by spreading the pin apart. And you are done.
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