Multiplication Games for 3rd Grade

Your child’s multiplication skills will help throughout school and life in general although (s)he may not think so now. In the meantime, we as positive parental figures do all we can to help make learning multiplication fun! When I was growing up, all we had was those boring old timetables.

Research as shown that involving your child in multiplication games is one sure way of enticing your child to learn and even to enjoy math. Because we know how busy you are and to make learning multiplication easier for your child, we have listed 5 multiplication games for 3rd graders.

Times Two

Not everyone gets math down to a science as easily as the next child. At the same time, we know that kids love to play games. This game is simple and will be loads of fun. Times Two enhances their competitive and thinking skills.

The game is played with a deck of cards, minus the face cards (jokers, kings, queens, jacks). You will need to shuffle the deck. Next, place two cards out simultaneously. The first one to yell out the correct answer, wins!

Once they have mastered a particular set of numbers, you can challenge the players by adding another card. Times Two is learning entertainment that is best played with two or more players or in teams. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game is announced as the winner.

Top Spinner

Top Spinner is a game that can be modified to meet various skill levels. It can range from easy to difficult. In each of the rounds, the players will spin the spinner twice and then multiply the two digits. The player who has the highest sum will win the round. Whoever scores the most rounds is the winner of the game. (The spinner card is easy to make and can be decorated using paints or colors.)

Multiplication Roll & Bump!

In this multiplication game, each player will have his or her own color marker or some kind of marker such as a piece of candy or a coin. You will also need to have a pair of dice and a game board. The game board can be made with a white or colored poster board. Place the answers to a set timetable, such as the 4 timetable on the board in circles, blocks or whatever form you’d like.

The player rolls the dice and adds the two digits together. He or she takes the sums and then multiplies by the number 4 to get the answer. After the correct answer is verified, cover that number with the player’s coin or piece of candy until all spaces are covered. The player with the most markers (coins or candy) on the board, wins!

Multiplication Flash Cards

For this game, you will need to have flashcards for the 1 through 12 timetables. The multiplication flashcards can be used a couple of different ways. In either case, you may start with the match game. The objective is to match questions and cards together.

In addition, you can play the Memory Game using the same cards. When you turn the cards over, repeat out loud what they are, such as 3×4 = 12. Try to find the matching card. Repeat the equation each time a new one is called and the player gets to keep the match when found. The youngster who has the most matches, wins.

Multiplication War

The Multiplication War game can be quite amusing when your child needs to practice math skills. The War game is so easy to play. You’ll need an ordinary deck of playing cards (take out jokers and face cards) and two players.

Shuffle the deck of cards and divide the cards among the players. Don’t look at the cards. While facing your opponent, and at the same time, pull a card and place on the table in front of you face up. Multiply the two numbers that were drawn. Whoever calls out the correct answer first, wins the match.

The winner keeps both cards at the bottom of his or her deck. If the answer is called at the same time, war has been declared! After declaring war, keep turning over the cards until a winner is declared. The person who calls out the right answer, keeps all of the cards. Keep the game going in this manner until all of the cards are gone through. The player who has the biggest pile of cards wins the game!

These games are fantastic ways of developing and strengthening your child’s math and multiplication skills. Learning at home provides reinforcement for the child and gives the parent/child quality time together. Overall, it makes life at school better for the educator and the student.