Multiplication Math Games

Instructor: Nicky Davis
It takes practice to learn the times tables, but studying them doesn't have to be dull! Keep reading to find games and activities that can help students hone their multiplication skills.

Math Games for Multiplication Practice

Check out the classroom games below for inspiration on ways to make learning multiplication interactive and fun.

Times Table Meet & Greet

For this game, give each student a set of numbered cards. Students then place one of their numbered cards on their forehead (without looking at it) and mingle with other students. In these interactions, students try to figure out what their number is by asking questions about factors and multiples. Once they have guessed correctly, they can move on to the next card. The goal of the game is to guess all the cards in a set first.

Required materials:

  • Numbered cards

Flip a Card

Split students into pairs for this game, and give each pair a deck of cards. The pair will evenly deal out the entire deck, keeping their cards face down in a pile in front of them. Students then simultaneously flip over one card each. Whichever student yells out the correct product of the two numbers wins the hand. The goal of the game is to win all the cards.

Required materials:

  • Decks of playing cards

Multiples Bingo

After giving each student a blank bingo card, ask them to select a number between 3 and 12 to place in the center square of their board (n). Numbers from the times tables are then drawn and called out. If the number called is a multiple (m) of their center number, students can fill in another square of their board with the equation 'n x y = m'. For example, if 45 is the number called, a student with 5 in the middle of his or her board would write 5 x 9 = 45 in one of the open squares. The goal of the game is to fill all the squares on the board.

Required materials:

  • Blank bingo cards
  • Numbers written down to draw from

Keep the Beat

Assign each student a number between 2 and 12. Sit in a circle with your students and start a beat with your hands or feet. The leader of the circle begins by saying his or her number. The students will go around the circle and say the product of their number and the leader's number, trying to stay on the beat. To make this game easier, you can begin by trying a few rounds without the beat.

Required materials:

  • None

Name the Factor

Divide the class into teams of four or five for this game. Provide the class with a list of numbers that share a common factor. The first team to correctly identify the factor wins the round. This game can be played for as many rounds as desired.

Required materials:

  • None

More Basic Mathematics Resources

Looking for more ways to change things up in the classroom? Check out the multiplication chapters included in's 3rd-5th Grade Math Class to get some new ideas for teaching basic arithmetic. The fun video lessons and quizzes can be used to walk students through multiplication concepts and prepare them for the activities mentioned above.

  • Number Properties lessons can help explain the commutative property of multiplication and the multiplication property of zero.
  • Use the Multiplication chapter to introduce your students to the multiplication of one-digit numbers and numbers with zeros. Students also learn how to use rectangular array, skip counting and input-output tables to learn multiplication facts up to ten. Techniques for completing multiplication sentences and finding missing factors are covered as well.
  • The Multiples of Whole Numbers chapter covers methods for finding and writing multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
  • Lessons in the Multiplication Skills Practice chapter can also be used to provide your students with extra practice multiplying by 0, 1, 2, 4, 9, 10 and 12.

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