## Sunday, 21 April 2013

### Dino Multiplications!

Now I have been scratching my head on how I am going to teach Honi multiplications.  I know she is ready for it and I have a few ideas and I think it is going to take trying several fun tactile methods to keep it fun enough for her to learn.  So here is my first idea...

To play Dinosaur Multiplications you will need:

• An A2 size piece of paper
• A pencil
• A pen
• Colouring pens (optional)
• 12 counters (we used buttons)
• A stack of cards with multiplications on.  We used index cards and used these multiplications (any with an answer 70 or less)...

What to do:
First draw a snake like dinosaur like this...

Then write in all the numbers and colour it in whatever way you like.

This was Honi's version...

How to play: pick the top card up and read out the multiplication. Say it is 3x4explain that is 3 lots of 4 so you will need 3 counters as there are 3 lots.Count four put your counter on the 4 square then explain this is one lot of 4or 1x4. Count on four more, you land on number 8, put a second counter on number eight - point out that there are now 2 counters on your dinosaur,explain that there are 2 lots of 4 now and 2x4=8. Finally count on 4more and with your third count, the last of them, you will land on 12. Put the last counter on the 12. Point out that there are now 3 counters on your dinosaur and that is because there are 3 lots of 4, say that this is said as3x4 in maths and 3x4=12.

If your child is good at multiplication and you want to introduce division you can also explain if you have 12 of something and divide it by 4 you will have 3, the three counters.
It doesn't matter if the child does get it at first, all that matters is that it is fun. If your child wants to pick another card and do it again, repeat the steps from above with the new multiplication. Do this for as long as the child is happy too.
When you've been playing this for a while you might want to make it a 2-4 player game. Each player should take it in turn to have a go. If you get it right you win a small dinosaur toy. Have 10 dinosaurs and the one with the most toy dinosaurs at the end is the winner! If you have no dinosaurs maybe use stickers, perhaps stars but it can be anything you like.

Other things you can try is adding on.  You could roll a die (say you roll a 4) and then count along the dinosaur and then roll again (say you roll a 2) and count on the number on the die.  Talk about how the first number plus the new number rolled on the dice adds up too (so in this case 4+2=6).  You could do this all the way to the end of the snake or even play two players and see who gets to the end first.
Things that we learn from this:
·Counting
·Writing numbers
·subtracting
·division
·What multiplication is
If you liked this you might like my other maths resources that you can find here.