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Hands-On Multiplication Puzzles Activity – FREE Printable

If you are looking for a fun way of teaching multiplication, these multiplication printables are a fun way to introduce your kids to the concept of multiplication. These multiplication activity can be used to introduce your children to the concept of multiplication using repeated addition of equal groups. Simple download the multiplication printables pdf file and great ready make learning multiplication for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students FUN!

If you are looking for a fun way of teaching multiplication, these multiplication printables are a fun way to introduce your kids to the concept of multiplication. These multiplication activity can be used to introduce your children to the concept of multiplication using repeated addition of equal groups. Simple download the multiplication printables pdf file and great ready make learning multiplication for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students FUN!

Multiplication Puzzles

Once kids learn about counting in groups or skip counting, they are ready to ease into this easy way to teach multiplication. As you are teaching multiplication, it is improtant to give kids a lot of practice to make the concept click. And although multiplication worksheets are a easy way to do that, they are not as engaging for kids. Use these multiplication puzzles as a fun, free multiplication printable to make math fun for grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love this hands-on multiplication activity.

Multiplication printables

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Multiplication printables

Teaching Multiplication

I love teaching maths in general because it is a subject that can be taught using many visual and hands on aids. These aids can be using manipulatives such as base 10 blocks or hands on math stations and centers. In this post, I will be sharing an interactive hands on printable which can be used to teach multiplication and is an ideal addition into math centers. Hopefully, this printable will help to make teaching multiplication at your home or classroom more enjoyable.

To start off, there are a few models that can be used to teach multiplication.

  1. Equal groups
  2. Arrays
  3. Repeated addition
  4. Number line

Introducing Multiplication

When teaching multiplication it is important that children get the concept before just memorizing the multiplication facts. This is so that they are able to apply these concepts into their daily lives (for e.g. in counting money). Multiplication can be first introduced using the model of repeated addition of equal groups. This makes sense to me, because since children are already very familiar with the concept of addition, they can use the concept of addition and expand it out to the concept of multiplication.

As students learn their multiplication facts through the repeated addition they will begin to realize how multiplication is much easier than addition. Rather than having to write out long addition statements they can just shorten it into a simple multiplication fact. This is very obvious in these multiplication fact booklets, where the number of blanks for the repeated addition equations keeps on increasing depending on number of groups.

Teaching Multiplication

Easy way to teach multiplication

To make things a little bit more fun, I created some multiplication matching puzzles where they have to match the visual representation of equal groups to the multiplication and repeated addition representation as well as the total number. This is an ideal hands-on practice to accompany the concept of concept of multiplication through repeated addition of equal groups. The printable contains puzzles only until facts of 5, since this activity is only meant to work as an introduction to multiplication.

In this printable, each puzzle has 4 pieces. Students need to match up the 4 pieces for each multiplication concept. Students can paste the completed puzzles on a paper or it can be laminated and re-used if its for a math center. The puzzle templates are easy cut, so these are relatively easy to prep. The puzzles come in colour and black and white, so just print which version suits you.

Introducing Multiplication

Multiplication Activity

To Use:

  • Download the file from the link below.
  • Print the file either in colour or black and white and laminate (this is recommended, if you are planning to re-use the puzzles)
  • Cut apart the puzzle along the borders to separate it into 4 equal pieces.

Presentation:

  • Present the puzzle pieces to the students. If the student is extremely new to the concept, introduce only one puzzle at a time.
  • Ask them to fit in the different methods of representing the equal groups (multiplication equation, repeated addition equation and the total).

Try doing a few puzzles together with them, to let them understand the concept and what they are required to do. Start of by explaining that the groups shown are equal with each group having the same number of items (e.g. 4 bees in each hive, 5 balloons in each sky group, and so on). Now, we are ready to start solving the puzzle and matching the pieces.

  • First, ask your child to count the number of groups.
  • Next, ask them to count the number of items in each group.
  • Then ask them to form an addition sentence, and to find the piece of the puzzle that matches it.
  • Add it together, to find the total.
  • Finally, help them to construct the multiplication statement and solve the whole puzzle.

This multiplication math activity, when done a few times will help to set a basic foundation of multiplication. This will make exploring multiplication facts easier. It will also make it easier to teach the other models of multiplication such as arrays and number lines.

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! Download the 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 download free 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! Sneak in some fun Christmas Math into your December with these free printable Christmas Math Worksheets. These super cute cut and paste Christmas Worksheets are sure to keep kids engaged and make learning fun as second grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students practicing solving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems to decorate the Christmas trees.

Multiplication game printable

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khadeejah Rawshan

Khadeejah enjoys creating educational printables and looking through blogs for fun ideas, crafts and printables. She enjoys teaching her younger brother, who just turned 5. She shares the printables and ideas they do together over at her blog The Chatty Kinder.

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