How to play noughts and crosses and teach your child their times tables at the same time
A game that takes two seconds to prepare, just requires a piece of paper and a pen and can help your child boost their times tables knowledge.
That’s why I love noughts and crosses (tick tack toe) so much.
To create the game draw two horizontal lines approximately the same length.
Next draw to vertical lines, approximately the same length crossing the first two lines.
In each gap created write a number from 1 to 12.
That’s the game pretty much ready to play.
All you need to do now is decide which times table you are going to be focusing on. Who is going to be noughts and who is going to be crosses.
Like in the traditional version of the game the aim is to get 3 in a row: diagonally, vertically or horizontally.
However, in this version of the game, before claiming your square you need to multiply the number in it by your chosen times table.
For example, if we are practising the 6x table and I want to take the top left square I would have to calculate what 6×7 is. The answer being 42.
Having stated the answer correctly, you can claim the square and the next person has a go.
This is the sort of game you can play anywhere at any time: waiting for the dinner to cook, on the back of a napkin in a café, stuck in a (stationary) traffic jam…
Have a go and let me know what you think.
I have recently compiled the 1 Million Times Tables Challenge. My goal is to support 1 million children gain confidence with their times tables.
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