# Multiplication Games for Kids

Instructor: Shelby Golden
These fun games can help students practice their multiplication skills. Read on for directions and information about supplies. You can also find some additional educational resources for your students.

## Multiplication Chess

Use this game to help kids get used to completing multiplication problems.

#### You'll Need:

• Playing cards (no face cards)
• Paper
• Pens or pencils
• Markers

#### Directions:

Set up the game board by taping 4 sheets of paper together in a rectangle and drawing a grid on them (4 x 4). Divide the cards into red and black and split your students into teams. One team gets the red cards, the other gets the black cards. Now you're ready to play!

This game is played in rounds. For each round, you need to pick a goal product that your students will try to reach. This should be a number with a lot of factors (don't pick something small!). One player on each team plays at a time. They will take turns putting their cards in rows on the board to create the goal product. For example, let's say you picked the number 60. A student would win by setting up a row that includes 2, 2, 5 and 3. The student who successfully completes a line gets a point and then the next two students get to play. The game continues until all the students have a turn. The team with the most points wins!

## Off the Top

This game can help students improve their ability to solve multiplication problems.

#### Supplies:

• Cards
• Dice
• Paper and pencil

#### What to Do:

This game can be played in small groups. Students will take turns. Begin by having a student roll the dice. The first die indicates how many piles the student should separate the cards into. For instance, if your student rolls a 3, he or she should make 3 piles. The second die is used to determine how many cards the student should take from the top of each pile. So if your student rolls a 2, he or she should take 2 cards from each pile.

Have your student attempt to determine how many total cards this is by multiplying the amount (in this case 3 x 2) in his or her head. The student should then add the cards to double-check the math. Play until all the cards are used. The student with the largest number of cards wins!

The What is Multiplication? lesson for kids will help students better understand the relationship between adding and multiplying. This lesson is easy to follow and walks kids through this mathematical process.

## Multiplying Chocolate

This game helps students practice multiplying single or double-digit numbers and satisfies their sweet tooth!

#### You'll Need:

• Individually wrapped candies

#### Directions:

Prepare for this game by writing numbers on the bottoms of the pieces of chocolate before class. Depending on the age of your students, you might stick to small numbers. More experienced students can work with larger numbers. You can arrange the candies with the numbers face down on your desk, or place them in a bowl to carry around the class.

To play, have a student select two or more candies and multiply the numbers together. If they get it right, they can keep their candy. If not, they have to put the candy back. Go through class until all of the candies are handed out. The student with the most candy wins!

## More Resources

The Study.com Math for Kids course will help sharpen students' knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, including multiplication. Each chapter in the course includes lessons and interactive quizzes that can help you and your students monitor their learning process. The chapters also include comprehensive exams for students to demonstrate their math skills.

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