Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018

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

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

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?

 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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

Multiplication Songs 6 times tables/ 6 Times Table Song Rap/ 6 Times Table games

6 times tables songs
Learning the time tables using songs is a great way for kids to learn. Hearing the singing out of the times tables and seeing it flash in front of their eyes is a sure way to memorise the 6 times tables and a great fun way to learn maths - multiplication tables.

 This is just one way to teach the times tables. Games, worksheets and activities that teach the multiplication tables are also a fun way for children to learn maths. From ks1 all the way to ks2, you will find that children will engage in one type of activity. Just try different ways to learn the times tables. For Grade 2, 3 , 4 , 5 ,6 to Years 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Have fun listening and playing multiplication games.

Build  confidence by helping your child memorise the times tables. Students who have not mastered their multiplication tables will very often fall behind in math and begin to loose confidence. Remember there are other subjects that use maths, such as science, children need to be confident in all subjects.

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Multiplication Songs 6 times tables/ 6 Times Table Song Rap/ 6 Times Table games

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 11, 2018

6 Times Table Song Have Fun Learning Times Tables -6 song lyrics - No Rush. Let's Pause. Let's Pause!

Songs are a great way to learn the times tables. The 6 times tables always proves to be a difficult multiplication table to learn. Here is a good song I have made to help with the repetition of the 6 times table. 'No Rush. Let's Pause'.  Is my first times table song. I do hope it help children to learn the 6 times tables. Come back and tell me what you think. Have fun learning and don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more songs and ways to learn the multiplication tables.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018

How to Teach Times Tables Easy Way/ Multiplication Tables Easily/ Fun ways to Teach

Learn times tables and draw!
How to teach times tables easy way so that children enjoy learning them. How to make multiplication tables easily learnt  and fun ways to teach.

Learning the multiplications tables may seem daunting for some children, and they may feel that they will never remember all the multiplication facts! I completely understand, and that's why I aim to make learning the multiplication tables fun by designing  creative ways to teach math facts.  I have put together my top tips for easy learning and games to play.

NinalaZina's 10 top tips  - Creative ways to Teach Math Facts

1. Roll and Times - For this easy times table game you can either play with 1 dice or 2. For an easier version, simple roll one dice and multiple the number it lands on by another number. For example, if it lands on 4, ask what 4 x 3 equals. For the more advanced child, simply roll 2 di, and multiply the 2 numbers.

2. Hit-The-Table!  - This multiplication times table game focuses on quick maths. Lay 2 cards down on the table, for instance one with an 5, and one with a 6, the first student to gently slap the table and answer correctly, 30, would win the cards. At the end of the game, the winner would be the student with the most cards.

3. King / Queen of Sums - this multiplication  game is a similar variation of 'Hit-The-Table' but played between 2 students. Both students share half a pack of cards each, they each place one card on the table, and the first student to correctly answer the multiplication of the two numbers wins the cards. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

4. Make 9 times easy and fun to learn - this  one teaches students how to multiply their 9 times tables quickly. Simple ask the student to hold out their hands with their fingers spread out. For 9x4, ask them to bend down their fourth finger. Ask the student how many fingers are up before and how many are up after the fourth finger that's down. That would be 3 before, and 6 after, making the answer 36. This easy modification works for the 9 times tables up to 9x10.

5. Make 4 times easy and fun to learn - If your students know how to double numbers this one will be easy. Simply double a number twice, for example if they are calculating 5x4. 5 doubled is 10, and doubled again is 20 - making the answer.

6. Write on anywhere! -  now this is fun! This game is aimed at making multiplications more creative. Have 1 student shout out a multiplication, such as 3 x 6. The 2nd student would then write the answer anywhere – the wall, window or the door with a removable marker.

7. Komodo Learning - This learning requires an ipad or smart device. Simply visit and see your child's maths skills and confidence grow. For ages 5 - 11.

8. Design a game - Let students design a game involving mathematics, this may be a board game and you have to calculate how many spaces to move forward etc. The student will enjoy the creative side of designing the game, and the pride of playing said game with their friends.

9. Practice online - There are lots of websites that you can visit to practice times tables online. Most games are very clear and you can play straight away.
Try Hit The Button - this is a creative and fun way to learn the multiplication facts. My students love it.

10 NinalaZina Games - Print one of our Ninalazina  Printable Games, ranging from snakes and ladders, Sudoku, to football games. They are fun, affordable and most of all, get results! This is my list of creative ways to learn the multiplication table! What do you think?

There are so many ways to teach times tables in an  easy way. Just use these  fun ways to teach the multiplication table and let us know what you think! 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

Great Selection of Numeracy Games for Kids ks2

Here is a good selection of numeracy games for kids Ks2. I am sure many ks1 (up to year 2)  children will also find these enjoyable to play. What is learning without games? I think game should be compulsory in all subjects, even when you go to university!  ☺

Multiplication Poster - Cheeky Monkey!

 Learning is more enjoyable when a variety of resources are used. I think it is vital to use  both auditory and visual techniques for all students no matter what age group. Some would argue that you should teach to a student's learning styles, but I believe that no learning style has any better outcome than another.

Therefore it is probably best to use a variety of style and this will engage all aspects of learning.  Here are some of my recent games. I have tried to make them for all types of learners. Let me know what you think.

Use different techniques when trying to help your child. Let them watch a video on times tables, listen to songs, play multiplication times table games, count pasta, do worksheets and just have fun!

Traditional Snakes and Ladder with a twist! 
Multiplication Tic Tac Toe!

Multiplication Dominoes!

Multi purpose flash cards!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018

Learning in Pairs and Small Groups using Printable Multiplication Games is a Great Way to Give Them a Sense of Achievement

Learning together in pairs and small groups by playing a printable board game is a great way for kids to learn. Learning together encourages children to learn from each other and feel confident talking and assisting each other to get the right answer. It is good practice of social skills as students have to communicate with each other by not just talking, but also by listening. Doing any type of work in a group or pairs is a good practice. Many schools have realised this which is why they do peer to peer assessments and put students into groups and pairs to do projects and class work.

The British Council state that working in pairs and small groups should not be underestimated. Even very young learners can become more independent by allowing them to work in small groups or pairs.  Some of the benefits are:

Printable Multiplication Game Football Game! 1: Gives learners more speaking time.
2: Gives them a sense of achievement when reaching a team goal.
3: Allows them to talk with students they would otherwise not need to speak to.
4: Gives them confidents and better social skills.

I have developed my printable board games to be played in groups of two or above. Fir example, the snakes and ladders game can be played with up to four players.   My game is just a twist on the traditional snakes and ladders game. It is for all age groups, as they can use a multiplication chart to help them if they are stuck.

Thus, small groups and pairs are a great way to for children to learn at all ages. I can be done at home or in the classroom and is not restricted by the ability of a child.
Laning in Pairs and Small Groups using  Printable Multiplication Games is a Great Way to Give Kids  Sense of Achievement

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 09, 2018

Why design multiplication games printable for Ks2 why kids are allowed to have fun learning maths

I decided to design multiplication games printable for Ks2 as I wanted children to enjoy and have fun learning the multiplication tables. 

Having fun learning maths does not mean that children or even adults are not learning. It means that they will be more relaxed, less fearful and have a positive learning experience.

One the first games I developed was a printable multiplication snakes and ladders game. Why? Well most kids and adults have played snakes and ladders at some stage in their life and I wanted a game that was easy to play with the added information of learning the times table. I even added some literacy - in the form of snake names! I have even designed a printable multiplication cootie catcher / fortune teller game for kids to learn the times tables and still - yes- have fun!

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Printable Multiplication Games For KS2 and SEN

I remember teaching one of my younger students online. Yes, that' right. I used my snakes and ladders online with her on Twidddla! We were having such a good time and she was close to winning. Laugher could be heard in both of our voices. After the lesson, her mother spoke to me and asked how she was doing. When I stated she was doing very well. The mum replied that she was not sure as she had heard her laughing. See, we all see laughing in a classroom as negative, but it is not. This little girl has now learned her times tables. I used a variety of resources, my printable multiplication games,  multiplication songs, multiplication drill worksheets. They all have their place in helping our children learn! This is why I decided to design multiplication games printable for ks2!

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Monday, January 8, 2018

January 08, 2018

Kids Printable Maths Games for Year 4 Cootie Catcher Fortune Teller Plus Giveaway

These kids printable maths games for year 4 are a great way to reinforce the times tables. Printable worksheets, for carers, teachers, tutors, homeschooling parents and families. Games that are fun and exciting for all age groups. Learning the multiplication tables can be difficult, but these games take away from the stress of learning the times tables. These printable games for Ks2 come in a variety of activities. These activities are a twist on existing kid's games, board games and traditional games.

GET ONE HERE!  kids printable maths games year 4



This cootie catcher is a good way to learn the multiplication tables and enjoy craft skills. It can be used as a craft  activity and then as a fun game to reinforce and learn the times tables.

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