Here is a quick & fun math game to find out
When I was the age to learn multiplication facts, we had them constantly with us at the back of our exercise books. When I was doing tutoring, my students had their calculators to which they dedicated all the powers. Now, school children have their iPad, iPhone, iPod or their computers where they play their favorite games.
Nowadays the parents are mostly taken by their daily activities. Too often, they can’t spend too much time to share and play small games with their family, just to have fun together without the electronics. That is missing, even if people are not aware of it. This game is short enough to be played even if you have only a few minutes to spare; at the end of a meal for example.
A fast & simple multiplication game
I would like to share with you this quick multiplication game, which could tell you a lot about your family times table skills while having fun together. 10 or 15 minutes would be enough and it is rather amusing for all the players.
Also, this is my trick to know, in only a few seconds, (WITHOUT HAVING TIME TO CALCULATE MENTALLY and please without calculator) how well you and your loved ones have memorized your multiplication tables.
Before to start the game, one must realize that when we multiply any number by any number, for example 42 X 23 =?, the last digit of the answer is figured out by multiply 2 X 3 (the last digit of both multiplicands), the last digit of the result for this example is obviously “6”. Another would be 687 X 39 = ?, where the last digit of the answer is 3 because 7 x 9 = 63 (remember: what we are looking for here is the last single digit of the result).
The game is aimed at young people and adults who are supposed to have learned their times tables fluently. It is really more fun when many people are playing together!
Here is how the game is played:
- Players (parents, teenagers, friends, etc.) are sitting around a table, paper and pencil in hand. The host of the game states the question: “By which number ends the response of the following multiplication? ”
“436 X 53” for example (here the answer ends with “8″, since 6 X 3 = 18)
- The more the players have learned their multiplication facts, the larger the numbers you choose, it puts a little spice in the game
- The players have 2 or 3 seconds to write down their answers (The host decide).
- At the end of the allocated time, the host / hostess says “stop” and all players stop writing.
- The players show the number they wrote down. Those who gave the correct answer get 5 points, those who put down a wrong answer get -2 and those who did not write any answer get -3.
- Repeat steps 1 to 5 five more times.
- Then, the players count their points to reveal who is the winner.
NOTE: If you play with kids who are just old enough to memorize multiplication tables, please start with simple numbers. The goal is not to discourage them. If he or she looks bored, frustrated or something like that, stop everything and give him/her the chance to play with the “Fun Times!” multiplication board game. (This game is being developed into an app for iPad. When it is released, you will be able to download the times table of 3 free of charge and try it. Your children will love it and will memorize the multiplication tables, step by step while having fun. That was my goal when I invented the game and it works beautifully. It’s worth a try).
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The next game will be on additions of fractions.
See you next week!
Author of “Fun Times!” game