How to Learn Multiplication Tables Quickly – 10 Ideas

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Hands-on, multi-sensory learning is a great way to tackle memorization. You’ll see lots of those ideas here on Creekside Learning, especially for math. Here’s how to learn multiplication tables quickly. We’ve tried most of these with one child or another in our house. Sometimes we’ll use one method for a few tables, say 3’s and 4’s and then another method for 5’s and 6’s.  Just to keep things interesting. 

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How to Learn Multiplication Tables Quickly

  1. Play Multiplication Hopscotch with your fingers. Here are some free printable hopscotch mats to play on a table top. Of course, you could take this outside and draw with chalk. 

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2. Play Multiplication High Fives. Watch the video and print out the handprints. 

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3.  Times Tales. These two 30-minute videos put stories together in a mnemonic-based program that covers times tables 6, 7, 8 and 9. I read rave reviews about Times Tales on various homeschool groups for the past couple of years, especially for kids who have dysgraphia or dyslexia, but it can be used by all kids. Since it was only about $20, we decided to try it. It was money well spent! My oldest child immediately put it into practice and recalls the stories easily while working out math problems. 


4. Use a multiplication chart while you work through problems. Here’s a free one you can download. Laminate or use a protective sheet cover.

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5. The Multiplication Machine from Lakeshore Learning is a great tactile resource for reinforcing the facts 1 through 9. Ours has gotten quite the workout! And bonus—no batteries required. 

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6. Sing or rap the times tables! There are lots of videos on YouTube. Here’s a favorite of ours: The 3 times tables sung to Uptown Funk.


7.  Reflex Math Fact System. This website now has an app for iPad, too. It must feel enough like a fun video game because my oldest son and his friends played it willingly when they got together to play video games. I mean, it was their idea to play it, as in, “Hey, wanna play Reflex Math?” Woah.  Where do I renew my subscription? 
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8.  Whack It! Multiplication Game with a fly swatter and sidewalk chalk.

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9. Math Mammoth $5 download that they describe as a “systematic approach to memorizing the times tables. In this method, one table is studied at a time to mastery. The individual tables are NOT studied in the order of 2, 3, 4, etc. but instead the “easy” tables of 2, 5, 10, and 11 are studied first. The study order also includes studying the table of 4 right after the table of 2, and studying the table of 6 right after the table of 3, because the skip-counting patterns of those tables share some similarities.”

We haven’t tried this but it does sound like an interesting approach. 

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10. Practice multiplication facts with playing cards. Deal two cards per player, multiply the the two numbers together, the person with the highest total collects the cards. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins. This is a game we’ve played, inspired by Singapore Math, standards edition. 

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