Our after-school babysitter, Noel, came up with a really clever way to reinforce the memorization of times tables with the very act of making the flash cards themselves. By turning flash cards into a craft–in this case, by having my 3rd-grader create the cards using sponges cut into the shapes of numbers, coloring them with oil pastels and “blocking” them with water onto cards. To help reinforce visual memory, they color coded the numbers (0, 3, and & 7 are green). There are obviously lots of ways to do this–by the time we got to the 7s (aka, on my watch), we busted out the cray-pas and did them by hand. Granted, we took some time to make interesting numbers. We’d love any suggestions for making times tables (or any memorization) fun. Thoughts? And pictures please?!


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  1. What really works with my daughter is mixing times tables and skipping rope – so we chant them as she skips round the garden or not the spot. Weirdly the two go together really well!

    For games to help with times tables practice, I work for a UK website called TheSchoolRun and we’ve written some make-them-at-home DIY activities:

    We also asked teachers for the strategies they use in the classroom:

    Hope the links are useful; please delete if not!

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