Students learn more when they’re having fun. Here are some creative, fun and easy ways to teach hands on multiplication and division!
Hands-on Ways To Teach Multiplication and Division
Jelly Bean Multiplication Table – Kids Activities Blog
Taste, touch, and smell this multiplication table tray, made with jelly beans! You can also use this with beads, cereal, or any other small object.
Multiplication War – Love to Learn and Teach
Turn the card game “war” into a multiplication battle! You can use it for addition or subtraction as well, and even division if you want to adapt it for remainders.
Multiplication Squares Game – Games 4 Gains
With the game “squares,” practice multiplication! Download the free game board and grab different colored markers for each player.
Multiplication Checkers – Teach Beside Me
Try the game of checkers, multiplication style! Download the free copy of the game board to get started.
Divide and Conquer – Cuppacocoa
Practice division in this “divide and conquer” game. It’s a bit similar to Go Fish, and all you need is 2+ players and a deck of playing cards!
Number Sentence Roll and Rewrite – Math Geek Mama
Use this free printable to easily practice the basics of multiplication. Gain practice with fact families (using dice)
Hands-On Multiplication With Legos – Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Teach multiplication by creating a 3D graph with LEGOs.
Equal Group Beads: How to Teach Multiplication Hands-On – Not So Wimpy Teacher
Practice multiplication with pipe cleaners and beads. They make an easy, cheap and fun manipulative for visual learners.
Post-It Note Division – Middle School OCD
If you’re doing longer, more complicated division, get a blank whiteboard and use sticky notes! This is a great way to make it more hands-on than just writing the number down on paper.
Easy Multiplication Cards – True Aim Education
Practice multiplication with a deck of cards, and a math version of the game “speed.”
Skip Counting Songs for Multiplication and Division – Pragmatic Mom
Use music to help you memorize multiplication and division factors! This can help you memorize the daunting times tables.
Patterned Multiplication Circles – Lemon Lime Adventures
Patterned circles are a great way for bringing a visual representation to multiplication factors. For younger learners, use these circles to practice skip counting.
Introducing Division – Tales from Outside the Classroom
How can you introduce division? Use yarn and small manipulatives for a flexible, hands-on activity.
Print and Play Multiplication and Division Games – Primary Flourish
Here are 20 different no-prep multiplication and division games, designed for reinforcing facts without being boring.
Single-Player Multiplication Bingo – The Measured Mom
No need for a large classroom for this bingo activity, since it’s single player. Just download the free printable and get started!
Jenga Multiplication Towers – Minds in Bloom
Use Jenga blocks to create multiplication towers. There’s not much prep, and it’s pretty low-cost!
Beat the Fidget Spinner Multiplication Game – Your Modern Family
If you have competitive kids, try this multiplication game with fidget spinners!
Minecraft Multiplication Practice – Royal Baloo
Turn Minecraft into a game! Download the free board game and cards, and use it to practice multiplication the fun way.
Division Herding – The Teacher Studio
Teaching division doesn’t have to be daunting! Here’s a game making students get up and move. It’s best for multiple students, but you can easily adapt it for a homeschool setting.
Foldable Divisibility Rules – My Math Resources
Using a piece of paper, create your own interactive chart of the different divisibility rules. This is great for sticking as a reference in your binder!
How to Teach Hands-on Long Division: Monopoly Division – Kate’s Homeschool Math
Use Monopoly money to help teach long division. Learn the how and why behind long division with this hands-on video.
Magnetic Division – Kids Activities Blog
Grab a cookie tray to practice division! It’s a fun way to make learning a bit more hands-on and memorable, rather than just pen and paper.
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