Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018

Fantastic Ways to Make Fun Multiplication Games

Fantastic ways to make maths fun


Fun Games For All

We all struggle with mathematics from time to time, and sitting down to learn the times tables is no exception. Maths doesn’t have to be boring, we can learn creative ways to elevate our understanding of mathematical principles. The techniques we’ve found will stimulate auditory, sensory and visual learning to boost our ability to understand the times tables. We’ve compiled the four best ways to learn using sound, games, puzzles and videos:
Count it out to thirty!
The science is out[i], when it comes to auditory learning there are tools we can develop to learn our times tables by using the sound of music! Hit Youtube Star Mr.DeMaio[ii]has released a cover of Bruno Mars’ hit Uptown Funk to help you remember someof your times tables! Now that we have some of the times tables covered, we can make our own musical songs. Try adding the quick tempo from one of your favourite songs and write some catchy lyrics.
Roll ‘dem bones!
To add an element of interactivity to your learning, add two or more instructional strategies to your child’s learning to stimulate deep learning[iii]. Use a pair of dice and quiz the kids on the multiplication of the outcome. Winner has the most correct answers after a dramatic countdown. Add incentives for winning, such as gold stars or badges. If the game begins to become too easy, try adding a third or fourth die to the mix to keep it interesting!
Videos that turn the times tables!
Alongside auditory learning, many believe that by combiningboth visual and auditory stimuli, the brain can learn from these pedagogical activities[iv]. An example of a catchy song with a strong emphasis on visual learning is “Times Tables 1 – 12 multiplication songs playlist[v]”, the catchy beat and striking colours are sure-fire way to get all the times tables stuck in your head! Try using colour to make learning the times tables more interactive – perhaps create an engaging multiplication colouring book or maths number search (a word search with numbers).
3,333,360 points!
Games are a great way to learn as they challenge us to use multiple areas of the brain for processing information by utilising enhancing functional connectivity[vi]. Scientists confirm that exercising the brain by solving problems through video games allows the brain to learn more efficiently. Topmarks has access to hundreds of free online maths games, all of which are fun and interactive. Ninalazina also has a wide range of educational games products on sale at herEtsy store, so be sure to check them out!
Twelve times twelve equals one-hundred and forty-four!
Now that we have a list of fun activities to try, we can combine them to make learning the times tables extra fun. We know that some children learn more efficiently from certain types of learning, but by combining maths exercises we can learn all the times tables in no time! Utilising fun games keeps children interested in learning for longer, allowing deeper understanding using problem-solving and puzzles. Maths games and puzzles also stimulates learning later in life, boosting memory and preventing cognitive decline[vii].  If the times tables still have you down after trying our top tips to improving your maths, try learning simple mathematic tricks such as the ‘nine times table finger trick’:
·         Hold both hands out in front of you.
·         Starting with the right-hand thumb, move your thumb down and count all the fingers to your left. For example; 9 fingers on the left plus 0 fingers on the right equals 9.

·         Next place your right-hand index finger down, raising your right-hand thumb.
·         Count all the numbers on the left, and use any fingers to the right of your index finger as 10s. For example; 8 fingers on the left, plus 1 finger on the right equal 18.

[iv] Yankey M., Flaherty TB., Clarke I., “Teaching the Visual Learner: The Use of Visual Summaries in Marketing Education”. 2006. Available at:
[vi] “Enhanced functional connectivity and increased gray matter volume of insula related to action video game playing.” Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 9763. 2015.
[vii] Marcus A.D., “New Effort Tries to Fight Disease With Word, Math Games, Even Wii For Exercise”. 2010. Available at:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018

Top 3 Tips to be More Confident Helping with Homework Times Tables Multiplication Tables

Fabulous Ways To Make Maths Fun!


3 top tips to be more confident helping with homework

We’ve all been there – our kid comes to us for help with their homework and we just can’t find the right way to help them. Maths can be boring for many children, and that lack of interest can hinder your ability to teach the times tables. Here are some top tips to help you engage with your child better to enrich their learning and finally get confident with maths.

Tip 1 – Play and display
Try having a multiplication table up, either on the fridge or on a whiteboard. If you’re struggling to find one, make one on Excel. Have your child complete one row or column per day and quiz them. Add incentives to the challenge - rewarding your child with gold stars, badges or sweets.
Once your child has completed an entire multiplication table, try quizzing them, and if they get all the answers right, try even higher numbers for bonus marks!

Tip 2 – Start from the beginning
Begin with the basics. Try going through the easier times tables first to help your kid get the hang on things, try this order out to help you and your child be more confident.
1.       Begin with the 10 times table - not such a stretch from counting to 10.
2.       Next move on to the 5’s - these can easily be taught using your hands to add multiples of 5.
3.       Try out the 11s - again these are as easy as counting to 10.
Once you are confident with the basics, you can move on to the 2’s and 9’s. By approaching the problem in small, manageable chunks, you can easily teach your child all the times tables!

Tip 3 – Purchase some maths activities
An engaging and educational way to be more confident teaching your child the times tables is to play games! Ninalazina has a entire selection of educational and fun games such as ‘Mystery Times Tables’ and ‘Counting Frenzy Game’ to assist you with feeling confident whilst teaching.
Games are scientifically proven to assist in deep learning[i], and by utilising maths games; your child will process more information, have a positive outlook on mathematics moving forward, and will be better equipped to deal with more complicated maths problems in the future.
You shouldn’t have to dread teaching your child – by using these tips you will not only be able to positively reinforce your child’s learning, but also become a more confident teacher yourself.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 09, 2018

Do You Need To Take Your Brain For A Long Walk? Help Your Child Exercise Their Brain

Times Tables Fun - Games! 

Times Table Fun and Thinking! All in One!
It has been proven that you can have a healthier mind by exercising it regularly – this prevents brain degeneration[i] and assists with deep learning[ii]. We’ve compiled a list of four brain training activities which can improve you and your child’s memory – preventing cognitive decline and assisting with enhanced learning.
1. Fun logic, focus and memory puzzles.
Giving the brain a good work out is crucial in developing deeper neuron connections, which improves memory recall, and prevents the breakdown of old connections. It would be correct to say that the brain utilises a ‘use it or lose it’ mentality, so exercise is the key. Head over to Math Playground[iii] to find some fun logic and problem-solving puzzles!
2. Mnemonic Devices.
Mnemonic devices are tricks to help you remember core information through association. A good example would be the 9 times table trick using your fingers. The importance of mnemonic devices has been outlined in science, as we can take advantage of them to elevate our ability to recall quickly and effectively[iv].
3. Get a good night’s rest.
It has been proven that our short-term memories are filtered into long term memories when we sleep[v]. If you’re not getting between 7.5 and 9 hours a sleep per night, you aren’t giving your brain enough time to store all the day’s information. Sleep quality is based on cycles, so try to ensure that your sleep schedule allows for all 5 of the sleep cycles (each one is around 1.5 hours)[vi].
4. You are what you’re made of.
Getting a balanced, nutritious diet can be a struggle in our hectic day to day lives, however, studies show that improving your diet can boost cognitive function. Here is a list of ‘healthy brain foods’ for you to try next time you’re in the kitchen;
1.       Fatty Fish (Omega-3)
2.       Whole Grains (Glucose)
3.       Lean Protein (Amino Acid)
4.       Leafy Green (B Vitamins)
By introducing these complex nutrients into you and your child’s system, your bodies and minds will be healthier than ever, which will help you and your child retain information.

[iv] Bellezza FS., “Mnemonic Devices: Classification, Characteristics, and Criteria”. 1981. Available at:
[v] Sarode DP., Mathie ID., Gao NP., Gray LI., Monaghan IJ., Preston AP., Twomey J., Watters M., “A sleep to remember: The effects of sleep on memory”.  2013. Res Medica Volume 21, Issue 1.

Friday, May 4, 2018

May 04, 2018

New Mystery Times Table Game Someone Has Stolen The Times Table, Who could it be?

Who Done it Times Table Style!

Who Done It. Times Table Style!
 This game aims to make learning the nine times table fun. It helps children and adults have fun together but yet it encourages memorising of the times tables.

We don't often get the time to play board games with our children. Finding the time can be stressful and difficult. However, this game is for all the family and it means that you are also encouraging active learning as well as interacting with your child.

Learning can be fun. Make it a game for all of you. Not just a game to test your child's ability. Laminate it and take
it to the park or on holiday with you. You will not be disappointed. Five minutes play is all that is needed to start to consolidate the times tables. Play regular and you will soon see the difference. I have many other times tables games do check out my shop on Etsy.


The Aim of the game - to guess who stole all the times tables, where they stole them from and how they stole them.

Up to 4 Players

The Aim of the game - to guess who stole all the times tables, where they stole them from and how they stole them.

How to play
1: Roll a die and move that number of playing spaces on the times table squares. ANSWER THE TIMES TABLE QUESTION YOU LAND ON. IF the answer is incorrect, go back to the start. If correct stay where you are.

2: You can move only horizontally (across) or vertically (up and down), never diagonally, and must leave a room on your turn. You cannot stay in the room and make a guess. You have to leave the room and then return.

3: You can make a guess once you have entered a room. You can enter a room once you are in front of its door.
For example, if you think it was in the bedroom, by Mr Divide with his feet. You have to wait until you are in the bedroom before you make a guess.

Once you make that guess, the other players will each take it in turn to show a card ONLY if they have the one you have suggested. If they have the card it cannot be the one hidden under the book! You will need to continue the game.

4: If the room guess is correct but the who and how are incorrect. You cannot stay in the same room and make another guess. You have to leave the room and then go back into the room to make another guess! ONCE SOMEONE HAS GUESSED ALL THREE - THE GAME IS OVER!