To practice multiplication tables is vital.
Parents are very keen for their children to learn multiplication tables so any
activity that aids progression is always welcome. Here is a simple game that
can be adapted to suit all needs or abilities; it is particularly useful for
younger ones.

**Preparation**

Lest assume you wish to practice the three
times multiplication tables, prepare 20 cards, some with the questions, some
with the answers. Cut them up. I always prefer to put them on to card and make
them fairly big.

**The game**

Each pair of pupils is issued with a set of
cards. The cards are to placed face down on the table. They then take it in
turns to turn up two cards, if the cards match, say 3 X 3 = and 9, then they
get to keep the cards. If they don’t match then the cards are turned face down
again. The game continues until there are no more cards left, the winner is the
one with the most pairs of cards.

**Advantages and benefits**

An excellent book for activites and ideas is Key stage 2/3 Numeracy games by John Taylor

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