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 download pdf file with **multiplication intro **and you are ready to have math fun with a **multiplication activity.**

**Introduction to multiplication**

**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

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> Download <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the template.

## Multiplication Activity

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

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 download. This includes 3 building mats and “equal groups” objects for kids to manipulate.

## Multiplication intro

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!

## Multiplication games for 3rd graders

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 anequal number of objects.

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.

## Multiplication Practice

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**.

**Teaching 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.

## Multiplication Printables

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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.

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!