March 3, 2023
Equal Groups – FREE Printable Introduction to Multiplication Activity

Equal Groups – FREE Printable Introduction to Multiplication Activity


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Ready to dive into multiplication for kids? This free printable introduction to multiplication activity is a great way to teach 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade the concept and build a solid foundation for future math. Simply print pdf file with multiplication intro and you are ready to have math fun with a multiplication activity.

Introduction to multiplication

Do your kids struggle with understanding multiplication? If you’re able to build a solid foundation, multiplication doesn’t have to be a struggle. Kids as young as first grade can be introduced to the concept in fun, hands-on ways, preparing them for learning and memorizing facts later. This free Multiplication Printables is a fun, hands-On Introduction to Multiplication introduces adding equal groups to prepare kids for mastering multiplication.

Multiplication Printables

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Equal groups multiplication

One way that math is learned and mastered is when kids are able to form connections. This could be connections to themselves, the real world, or other math they know. By connecting something knew to something known, they are deepening their comprehension.

Before jumping into multiplication vocabulary, I suggest starting with something familiar and building on it: repeated addition. After reviewing repeated addition with groups of equal parts, show the connection to multiplication. That’s the goal of this simple hands-on multiplication activity.

While this is intended for first or second grade kids just being introduced to multiplication, you can certainly use this to get back to basics with older kids who are struggling.

Equal groups multiplication activities

This Hands-On Introduction to Multiplication does require a little prep before you’re able to use it, but you can then store it to refer back to again and again.

First, I suggest you print and laminate all pages of the file. This includes 3 building mats and “equal groups” objects for kids to manipulate.

Adding equal groups picture sets

Multiplication equal groups

Then you’ll need to cut out the groups of objects. You could possibly let your kids help with this, if they’re good with scissors. 🙂

Then you’re ready to explore addition and multiplication with equal groups!

Adding equal groups practice mat

Equal groups multiplication worksheets

Use the first mat to simply review repeated addition. Kids can choose a collection of groups to place on their mat, then write an addition equation to find the total in the set. Be sure they are choosing equal groups, not mixing and matching. For example, they can choose as many groups as they like, as long as the same objects are in each. 6 groups of pencils or 3 groups of bugs, etc.

I intentionally used different pictures for each group, so you can easily say, “Don’t mix pencils and bugs, or footballs and fish.” So hopefully, they will easily see that each group has an equal number of objects.

Equal groups activities

Then as you work with them, talk about it as equal groups, not merely addition. Ask questions such as, “How many groups of footballs did you make?” or “How many bugs are in each group?” After they’ve had a chance to play with it and create their own problems, you can write addition sentences for them, and ask them to build it with pictures.

For example, you might write, “2+2+2+2=” and let them add 4 sets of apples on the mat and then solve the addition problem.

Adding Equal Groups

Multiplication 2nd grade

When they are comfortable, you can move onto the second mat.  The second mat reinforces the equal groups concept and prepares them for writing multiplication sentences. Use this as the first, but this time write how many groups and how many objects are in each group. Then they are to find the total.

Once they can do this with no problems, you can move onto writing multiplication equations to solve. When they’re ready, you can use the third mat. The third mat again asks for the number of groups and number of objects in each, but also has them write it as a multiplication equation.

multiplication practice

2nd grade multiplication

Once they see the connection between addition and multiplication, they will understand that multiplication is a faster. They will form a solid foundation so that when they see other representations of multiplication, they’ll know right away what operation to use to solve.

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Multiplication Facts games

Kids will have fun practicing multiplying with this fun and free Mulitplication Tic Tac Toe. This free printable multiplication game uses multiplicaiotn worksheets to make this math game quick and easy to play. Use this tic tac toe multiplication game to learn and review facts and improve fluency. This no-prep multiplication tic tac toe printable is fun for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th graders too.  Simply print the printable multiplication games pdf and you are ready to use an educational activity for hands-on learning to play and learn! Check out these fact family houses for helping your learners practice their multiplication and division facts. This Multiplication and Division Fact Family activity includes math task cards can be used in math centers or for independent work. Use these fact family worksheets with 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students.  Simply print pdf file with multiplication and division fact families worksheets and you are ready to sneak in some multiplication and division practice with spring math! interactive multiplication mats Kids will have fun practicing fractions, multiplication, counting, tally marks, and more with these Frog Math Worksheets.  This super cute Frog Math is for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. Use this math frog during the spring as a fun April or May free math worksheets. Simply print pdf file with math fun worksheets and you are ready to spin and learn while having FUN!

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Multiplication Activities


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  1. Sumbal Salim Avatar
    Sumbal Salim

    Thank you so much for making this a free resource ❤️ it’s an absolutely brilliant idea and I can’t wait to use it with my girls 4 and 6.

  2. Kimberly Avatar

    These were perfect for my 8 year old daughter that DOES NOT enjoy math one bit but this little activity broke it down perfectly for her! Thanks so much, Beth! You are a blessing!