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FREE Printable Interactive Multiplication Mats for Teaching Kids to Multiply

When you first begin to teaching multiplication, it’s important to focus on teaching for understanding rather than memorization. While it might be tempting to just jump to learning the facts so you can move on, that’s not going to be helpful in the long run. Instead, focus on the meaning of multiplication, multiple representations, and lots of visuals. These Interactive Multiplication Mats are a great way to begin that process! These math multiplication worksheets help students visualize what is happening when you multiply. These printable multiplication worksheets are perfect for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Simply print multiplication worksheets pdf and you are ready to play and learn to multiply!

These Interactive Multiplication Mats are a great way to begin that process! These math multiplication worksheets help students visualize what is happening when you multiply. These printable multiplication worksheets are perfect for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Simply print multiplication worksheets pdf and you are ready to play and learn to multiply!

Multiplication mats

This hands on, free multiplication printable is a fun and handy way to teaching multiplication. Use these multiplication mats to help the concept of multiplying make sense with grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler looking for printable multiplication worksheets, you will love these handy, FREE, math multiplication worsheets for practicing.  Laminate the math mats to use in your classroom as a math center, help your child get extra practice at home, or use them with your homeschool math curriculum as an easy way to learn multiplication.

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Teaching Multiplication

There are lots of ways to introduce your kids to multiplication and give them a solid foundation for learning. If you start by giving them a list of facts to memorize, it seems like nonsense to them. Consider, for example, if I asked you to remember these:

  • A x C = Q
  • B x T = Z
  • S x U = R

You can look at that and immediately think, “What? That doesn’t make any sense!” But unfortunately, if we try to force kids to memorize multiplication facts, it looks just as nonsensical to them.

Multiplication is not a random set of facts or rules. It’s a logical mathematical computation that has a perfectly reasonable meaning. To help your kids see that, you can start by connecting it to something they know: repeated addition. Then you can show them helpful visuals such as arrays and area models, and how to solve problems with number lines or a hundreds chart.

The more exposure and visual models they have, the better developed their understanding will be, and then eventually “memorized facts” will come.

Printable multiplication worksheets

Before you begin using these Interactive Multiplication Mats, you will need to print all the mats and laminate them. You can then cut them out and grab some dry erase markers and you’re ready to begin.

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Math Multiplication Worksheets

While it is certainly helpful to provide opportunities for kids to practice their multiplication facts, it does not mean that it needs to be drill, flash cards or timed tests.

Instead, find ways to provide “productive practice,” meaning there might be fewer problems to solve, but the challenge is greater and deeper.

There are lots of ways to involve kids in productive practice, and today I’m going to share a resource I created to help kids make sense of multiplication using arrays and area models.

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How to Use the Multiplication Equation Mats:

There are 2 sets of multiplication mats in this set (20 mats altogether).

The first set includes a visual model and students have to then write a multiplication equation to match the given model. This is incredibly important, because we all need visuals to form connections in our brain and really learn and internalize mathematical ideas.

This will also help kids understand that a multiplication sentence isn’t meaningless. It’s a numerical representation of the picture.

Once kids are familiar and comfortable with this, they can work on the second set of multiplication mats: the build an equation mats.

Interactive Multiplication Mats

Easy Way to Learn Multiplication

The second set reverses the challenge. This time, a multiplication problem is given, and students have to “build” it in some way in order to solve.
This can be done a variety of ways, depending on your kids and what materials you have on hand.
For a hands-on option, we used base ten blocks. But you could also use pom-poms, beads, playdough, etc. Or kids can simply draw a representation using their dry erase marker.
hands on multiplication practice

Easy way to teach multiplication

I highly recommend you require students to build or draw the problems, though, before moving on. Even if your child already “knows” the answer, it’s important that they can connect the problem to an accurate visual model. This will help build a foundation for larger multiplication problems in the future, as well as in Algebra.
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We love making math fun with fun, hands on math games! Instead of having your kids work on drilling multiplication tables, turn it into a fun multiplication activity instead! Printthe pdf file with the Checkers printable multiplication games. We have lots of different board games to practice multiplying by 0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, 14s, and 15s. This free multiplication math game is perfect for practicing math with 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade students. Is your child tired of drilling their multiplication tables with multiplication worksheets and multiplication flashcards? Multiplication hopscotch is a fun  printable multiplication game that elementary school kids from 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will have fun playing by themselves for multiplicatin practice. Simply printfree multiplication math games pdf file with to have fun while learning and reviewing math drills multiplication. lego-multiplication-flash-cards You are going to love these clever, reusable, and ever changing math worksheets! These multiplication worksheets use a deck of cards to make them not only fun, but excellent for developing math fluency with 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. #multiplication #mathworksheets #grade3 #grade4 #grade5 #homeschooling

Multiplication Facts games

free-snowman-multiplicaiton-puzzles free-spring-multiplication-math-craft If you are looking for a fun, hands-on fall math activity, you are going to love this Candy Corn Math! These free printable Candy Corn Multiplication and candy corn division puzzles make it fun for 3rd and 4th grade students to sneak in some fun math practice during October and November! We love educational activities and free math games to make learning fun!

Multiplication Activities

 

Just starting multiplication? These FREE Interactive Multiplication Mats are a wonderful visual way for kids to understand what multiplication is about.

Multiplication for Beginners Worksheets

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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