This is starting to turn into a series! I tried to write a long post about the different steps to learning times tables with ideas for each stage – but it ended up being really dull! So instead I’m sharing a game we’ve been playing.

## Times Table Stack

(I didn’t invent this game – if you search for ‘bump game’ in pinterest you will find hundreds of versions. We prefer to ‘stack’ rather than ‘bump’ but the process is the same.)

You need

- 1 piece of paper with 12 circles on
- A 12 sided dice or 2 ordinary dice

*Yes we actually have a 12 sided dice (my husband was/is a proper nerd) Also I am aware that 1 dice is a die but it looks weird to me!*

- Two sets of around 15 counters

*We used 1ps and 5ps – you could use drought game pieces or ‘connect four’ pieces etc. If you don’t have exactly 15 it doesn’t matter as long as you have the same number each.*

## Instructions

- Ask the child to write the answers to which ever times table you are practising randomly in the circles

*You can skip this stage if you want and print out a game board but it’s quite nice for the child to make their own plus it is a good way to ‘warm up’*

- Take it in turns to roll the dice and multiply the number on the dice by whatever times table you are practising. Place your counter on the answer.
- If the answer already has a counter on it stack it on top.
- When you have both used all of your counters the game is over
- Count up the number of circles with your counter on the top. (The winner is the one with the most – or the least, or whatever you want really 😉 )

__Hints and Tips__

- Currently in the UK children are expected to know by heart times tables up to 12×12 – check with your child’s teacher which ones to focus on. In general I would start with 2s,10s, 5s then the rest in order starting from 3s

- This game works best if the child at least knows some of the times table already – if they’re really struggling write out the times table so they can refer to it – it will still help their memory.

- As the ‘other player’ it’s good to describe out loud how you’ve got your answer – e.g. 7×2 – well I know 5×2 is 10, so 6×2 must be 12 so 7 x 2 must be 14. You can also pretend you can’t figure out the answer at all. (Don’t do this every time or the game is really dull!!)

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How fun! I’ll save this for when Peanut is older 🙂

Rachel – Volcano Mama recently posted…How to Make Positive Reinforcement Helpful: A Montessori Perspective

Thanks for your comment Rachel 🙂

Love this idea. I love the fact that it’s a game but the child is learning as they play too.I was always useless at maths so maybe I could play this by myself to practice for when my daughter is old enough haha.

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Sam – StressyMama recently posted…Baffled Blogger… Send Help

Hehe – good idea 😉

What a great idea! We literally just used to sit at the table and recite them. All hail Pinterest eh. I will defineitly be looking into cool activities like this when mine are older. Good on you for trying to make it fun and thank you for sharing st #familyfun

Tammymum recently posted…#FamilyFun…week 13

This is a really good idea! We used to do something similar at brownies where they had to find the next number in a sequence, so not quite the same. My mum taught me with a pack of cards. Draw one card times it by the next. I’ll get my little talking first!! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

Karen | TwoTinyHands recently posted…#FamilyFun Week 13

lol is he not multiplying yet – you’re clearly slacking 😉

Thanks for you comment and for hosting 🙂