Fantastic ways to make maths fun

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: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0273475306291466

[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: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703416204575145921517534304

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