teaching multiplication and mastering multiplication facts for second grade math and third grade math

Make Math Facts Fun

Instant recall and mastering multiplication facts for fluency is needed for exponents, making common denominators for adding and subtracting fractions and solving algebraic equations just to name a few. However, practicing facts with flash cards can be redundant and dull.  Memorizing multiplication products can be challenging for many kids.

I love incorporating fun hands-on ways to teach multiplication in my classroom.

Here are just some of my students’ favorite multiplication practice activities and games

* Playing Multiplication War with a deck of cards
* Playing Multiplication War with dice
(Student each roll two dice multiplying them together for the product.  Largest number wins)
* Playing Four in a Row Game
* Playing Bump
* Playing Multiplication Jenga
* Playing Memory using number cards or flashcards
* On-line games and apps like IXL and Multiplication Kids app
* Number Puzzles
* Tic Tac Toe
* Factor Find Dice Game
* Writing Multiplication Math Facts with shaving cream, sidewalk chalk or in colored sand
* Color by Number Multiplication Activities

Here is an example of Number Puzzles.

Students use crayons or markers to color the doubles multiplication equations. Great for morning work. 
Multiplication Number Puzzle Fact Practice Activities Free
Tic Tac Toe is another game my students love. 
It is great for math centers, morning work and even as an activity for early finishers
Multiplication Tic Tac Toe Practice Activities Free
Factor Find is an easy and fun dice game for 2 students.  Students take turns rolling dice and coloring the box matching the factor number they rolled to make the equation true. 
Multiplication Game Practice Activities Free

I have incorporated all of these games (and more) into my multiplication resources. I make them into individual student journals for kiddos to work on independently or with a partner.
Here are just a few of my go-to resources for practicing multiplication facts.


I hope you find the Multiplication Freebie Games engaging and enjoyable for your beginning multiplication mathematicians.
You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!


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