Practicing multiplication facts is boring. I don’t remember it being an issue as a kid, but I was really into school. My kids aren’t like that. They don’t learn for no reason. Learning is a natural response to an interest, and they’re not interested in math facts. I wouldn’t push, but I think memorizing facts makes other things a lot easier…and some of them want to be engineers! Math is a bit essential there! And therefore multiplication practice is essential.
So, we try to make it fun, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Some of it is a bit gimmicky, but hey, if it works that’s okay with me! Well, this is a bit gimmicky, but it works.
What kid doesn’t like scratch offs? I let mine do all the coupon scratch offs that we get. They think it’s a blast! So why not multiplication scratch offs? They’re incredibly easy to make and the kids get into it!
First, print off the cards. I highly recommend using cardstock for this.
Second, use clear tape (like box tape, not scotch) or contact paper to cover the answer.
Next, mix up silver paint and dish soap at about a 1:1 ratio.
Fourth, paint on mixture over tape
Last, let dry!
That’s it! It took me about 10 minutes to make a set of these. (And it took Baloo about 5 minutes to go through them all…time well spent I’d say!)
I’ve made cards for facts of 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9. I figure those are the more difficult facts to memorize and would be worth making the cards!
Best part is, you can add paint and do this activity again and again.