30 July 2020 Hertfordshire, UK

Learn To Spell With This Unique Printable Snakes and Ladders Spelling Game By NinaLaZina

The Snakes and Ladders Spelling Game for Children and the Family

This snake and ladders spelling game by NinaLaZina is a fun game for all ages to play. Roll the dice, spell the word correctly or stay where you are! The game encourages children, and even adults, to learn to spell new words in a fun and relaxed manner. An easy to play game, but it is extremely educational.
The Snakes and Ladders Spelling Game
Snakes and Ladders Spelling Game

The unique game of spelling snakes and ladders
This unique spelling games is played the same way as the traditional snakes and ladders game, but with a twist! If a player lands at the bottom a ladder, they move to the top immediately and spell the word they land on. If a player lands on the head of a snake, they move to the bottom of the snake and spell the word they land on. Any player that fails to spell a word correctly must stay on that space until the word is spelt correctly. It is amazing how intently children will study a word to make sure they get it right the next time around.

Why Use this game? The Benefits
The main benefit of the snakes and ladders spelling game is that it helps children learn new words and expands their vocabulary in a relaxed and fun way. Another benefit of this game, for younger children, is that it helps children learn to take turns. Turn taking and working with another person is a key aspect of any learning environment. Lastly, as it is a game of counting on, this helps children with their mental maths.

How to Play the snakes and ladders spelling game by NinaLaZina
To play snakes and ladders game, you need at least one other person to play against. A maximum number of four players can take part in the game at any time. You need to put your piece on the start space before you roll the dice and count the number that shows up to move the dice. Once you move the piece, you must check and spell the word correctly. You cannot move until the word is spelt correctly. If you roll the dice and land on the head of the snake symbol, you will move your piece to the bottom of the snake. If you luckily roll the dice and count your piece to the bottom a ladder, then you move your piece to the space on top of the ladder. Children normally spell the word by looking away and another child will check the spelling on the game to see if it is right.
The winner of the snakes and ladders spelling game is the person that reaches the ‘Finish’ space on the game and spells the word correctly. Download your snakes and ladders printable game from my Etsy shop. 

How often should they play
If this game is played regularly, you will see a significant difference in the spelling ability of children. This can be played between 2 - 4 days a week - especially on weekends. The game last about ten to twenty minutes. Have fun with my new spelling snakes and ladders game. If you have played it, do leave a comment below.

11 March 2020 United Kingdom

Best 10 Multiplication Skills Using a Blank 100 square

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Why use a 100 square for multiplication?

Often the 100 square is only thought about for addition and subtraction, but  it is a great resource to use for starting to learn multiplication facts. There are so many ways to use a 100 blank number square. The 100 square is a simple but effective, inexpensive resource that all parents and teachers should have in their tool box. It encourages children to think of number patterns, the language of maths and  allows them to observe and understand the number system. The 100 number square can be used to help children with multiplication and also subtraction, fractions and addition.  What is a 100 number square? 




Early years children can learn to count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 on a number square. This is an excellent way to get them ready to learn times tables. Most children love skip counting. 

1: Children need to be able to count backwards and forward before they begin to learn the times tables, so use the number square to help children to count backwards and forwards. 

2: Children can also use the numbers square to add and subtract. This is the fundamentals of maths and should be consolidated before they start to learn the times tables. 

3:  You could also just ask them to write the multiples of 2s,  5s, and 10s. They could do this by themselves or they could use a 1 -100 numbered square to assist them. This is the start of a child learning to do the times tables. 

4: You could cover the numbers with a counter and ask them what number is underneath the counter. This will lead to better understanding of multiplication facts. 

5: The could sing along to counting in multiples and use the number square to help them do this. 

6: You could time how quickly they can find the multiples of 2s, 5s, or 10s and time how long they take to read them from the number square. 

7:  Young children can colour the multiplication facts for 2s, 5s, and 10s. The can then write the facts down on a piece of paper. For example, they can colour 5, 10 ,15, 20 and so on. They can then write the number facts down on a piece of paper.


8. Children can use different colours and shade the number patterns for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. The 100 number square is a great resource for this and if you use a reusable dry white then you do not have to continually print out a 100 square. 


9: You could for example fill out the multiples of a 2s, 5s and 10s on the blank 100 square and then ask your child to count on to the next number. So, for example, if you write 4 and it was skip counting in twos then your child would have to write the number 6 by coining on in twos. 


10:  They can also skip count backwards and forward. See the video which explains how to skip count. . If they find it difficult, just give them a blank number square and one with number 1- 100. Like the one I have shown above. They can then just copy the numbers they need


If you would like to see some more fun and exciting bespoke games and worksheet, please visit my Etsy store. You will find numerous times tables activities to keep children amused for a good time!

To Conclude:
There are many great ways to use the number square to help young children learn the facts of the multiplication table. All that is needed is a bit of imagination and a simple 100 square blank and numbered 100 square. Often 100 square is only thought about for addition and subtraction, but as you can see from above it is a great resource to use for starting to learn multiplication facts. 

6 March 2020

The Secrets Of Using Blank 100 Square Get Kids Ahead in Maths

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What is a blank 100 square? 
A blank 100 square is a square box with 100 squares within it. It is divided  equally and allows children to write numbers one to one hundred in the boxes.  Each square is allocated a specific number. The numbers go up in multiplies depending on which column you start in. They can be portrait or landscape. They can be surrounded by a picture of just a plain box.
Find picture blank100 square here
Find a picture 100 numbers square here


Why use a blank 100 square ?
Number squares are a great way to introduce the number system to children as they can see the patterns that are formed by numbers. It is also useful for doing addition and subtraction. Children can use the 100 square to count backwards and forward. They canal so use the 100 squares to fill out specific numbers. For example, children could be asked to find where the number 20 goes on the blank 100 square. Here are 10 great ways to use a 100 square for multiplication . 


Here is a video on ways to use the number square.

Who uses blank 100 squares?
Many teaches and tutors use a blank number square as it can help with whole class teaching and allows independent work from the children.  I use a number square to get children to count forwards and backwards as well as showing them the patterns that are formed by number. Maths is all about patterns and if we can  teach this to children from an early age, then we are off to a great start.

Use online splat. This online games is great. Ask your child to splat certain numbers and use the activities above to make new games to play on splat.
Splat Online 100 Square Game by Primary Games



The benefits of using a blank 100 square
There are so many benefits
- Children start to see number patterns
- Children can start to count in multiples e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
- It reinforces counting backwards and forwards
- it's excellent for visual learners as they can see the numbers and patterns
- it is great for whole class teaching as the teacher can lead from the front and the children can peer assess
- Get children talking about numbers and patterns


Where can I get blank 100 squares?
You can pick up a free 100 square blank and numbered one here on my TES account. I also have blank 100 square picture versions available on my Etsy store. The picture versions are great way to get kids interest and is not so maths orientated as a plain number square. Plain ones can be quite intimating for children, so I have designed this version to be more child friendly, especially for the younger ones! There is something for everyone - from a bag to an android!
Find FREE a 100 blank square here
Find FREE 100 numbered square here

Different types of 100 squares?
There are blank 100 squares or 100 squares with the numbers already written in them. I have both types on my Etsy store. A blank one and one with numbers included. I have also included a blank one without an image and a numbered one with an image.

To conclude:
100 square are a great resource to have in your tool kit. These simple squares can make an exciting activity and children will learn about numbers and patterns as they use them. If you have any interesting ways you use a number square then please do leave a comment below.



27 February 2020

Easy Fun Ways to Learn Times Tables: Top 5 Times Table Games for Kids Online Multiplica...

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Easy Fun Ways to Learn Times Tables: Top 5 Times Table Games for Kids Online Multiplica...: There are many approaches to learning the times tables, just as their are many different learning styles. Kids do not have to stick to one ...

If you would like to see some more fun and exciting bespoke games and worksheet, please visit my Etsy store. You will find numerous times tables activities to keep children amused for a good time

18 February 2020

Fun ways to teach times tables Year 2 Times Tables Grade 1 Times Tables Worksheet Snap Game Colourful Maths Game Arrays

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I have found that by teaching children repeated addition you can introduce the concept of multiplication very  easy, quickly and in a fun way.  You can also use what is know as arrays.

If you would like to see some more fun and exciting bespoke games and worksheet, please visit my Etsy store. You will find numerous times tables activities to keep children amused for a good time


Arrays are used to get a better understanding of multiplication for year 2. The number of rows in an array represents the number of groups. The columns represent the number of items in each group.
The multiplication sentence is the number of rows times the number of columns. Children can skip count to get the answer.


3 rows  x  2 columns = 6 

3 rows ( groups) x 2 columns (items in each group) = 6 total


Teaching the times tables  multiplication can be done in any order unlike division and subtraction. It is a good idea to turn them around and show how numbers could be reversed. 

Kids are expected to know their multiplication tables by the year 5. There is an easy way to learn the times tables. Times tables can sometimes seem tedious and boring for children, but keep at it and do not give up. Try different methods, maths games, times tables games, math snap, online maths times tables games, rote method, repeating, learning via a song. 

When children are in KS1 they learn to count in  2, 5, and 10. They can do this using a 100 square or a number line. As soon as children can count in sequence to 100 they should be taught 2, 5, 10. This is a fundamental part of them developing multiplication skills. They can do this from year 1.

Children normally learn the 3 (three) times tables,  4 (four) times tables and  8 (eight) times tables in school year 3.

Children can learn the multiplication tables from a young age. Just select activities that they will enjoy!





28 January 2020 United Kingdom

FREE Addition and Subtraction Word Problems - Year 3 AND 4 Worksheet

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These FREE  worded  Maths Printable Worksheets Addition and Subtraction  problems worksheets allow children to solve word problems and challenges their understanding of maths topic. It is ideal to use in your Maths lessons on addition and subtraction. It is a good way to start introduction of maths into the real world with real world examples. 

This is great for year three and four. Have your year 3  and 4 students practise their maths calculation skills with these great addition and subtraction word problem worksheets. Answers have been included. 

       
                                Worded Maths Problems addition and subtraction with answers . FREE

             

21 January 2020

How to make Maths more Engaging and Fun for Children and Teenagers

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Time to Pass your GCSE Maths or SATs  
Maths can be fun! 
An overwhelming majority of pupils do not reach their full potential in maths and that is not because they are not ‘good’ at it. They do not find maths engaging or enjoyable.  Most of the time, they repeatedly fail either because they have special educational needs, bored with the maths at school,  cannot understand the maths concepts and or have a  teacher/ tutor that does not make it interesting.
The challenge for tutors is how to offer the assistance required to build their confidence and enjoyment of maths. Maths is fun!   Children should start learning the basic concept when they are young. Do not leave it until there GCSE exams.  However, even if your child is not predicted a pass or they state they hate maths, there is still hope.  They can still get that much-anticipated C (under new guidelines - a 4) and pass their GCSE Maths exams.   What I do…   How to make Maths more Engaging and Fun for Children and Teenagers 

20 January 2020 United Kingdom

Free Maths Times Table Puzzle With Answers

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Free  Maths Times Table Puzzle With Answers 

We all love to playing games and are often motivated to WIN! Puzzles and games help children to explore numbers in a relaxed and fun environment with friends, class mates and family and reinforces skills such as the times tables, counting  place value. It allows a child to develop a deeper understanding of maths and so they become confident and begin to enjoy maths. Repetition is key as this is the most valuable aspect of teaching  maths. Children love to play games they enjoy over and over.  Why maths puzzles and games

- Doing maths   puzzles and playing games means that the children can rely on each other. It provides an environment where the teacher or parent does not have to provide the answers. All my games and puzzles have answers. 

-  Doing a puzzle or playing a game repeatedly supports the students development and encourages learning without them even knowing the  are learning! 

- Parents can have fun playing maths games  with their children by playing fun and exciting maths games. 


I have a range of FREE maths  puzzles and games on TES. Download yours now - why put it off. It's free! 
Free Maths Puzzle  Game NinaLaZina


16 January 2020

Math art teaching maths through art and puzzles. Let Kids draw and learn.

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Combining maths with art is a powerful way to encourage children to participate in learning maths. Children who would otherwise be reluctant to do maths,  often are thrilled to find that they can draw as well as do the maths activity.  By combining maths and art we encourage students to  be creative and also the emphasis is not just on maths skills but artist skills as well.  It allows children to be creative and have fun doing maths. Also, why not consider a treasure hunt or dancing. Both of these are wonderful ways to discover and learn maths.

If you would like to see some more fun and exciting bespoke games and worksheet, please visit my Etsy store. You will find numerous times tables activities to keep children amused for a good time

Consider trying out some of these tips. I am sure the children will enjoy them.  These activities will liven up you maths lessons. I sure you will enjoy Teaching Maths through Art. 

I have designed some games with  to help with this. Take a look at my art multiplication games! 

Play a art maths game
 Art Multiplication Most children love drawing, colouring or just making random marks on the paper. I have designed some powerful maths games so that children can draw and learn there times tables at the same time. Why not consider my snakes and ladders times tables! This is a fun way to play a board game with a friend and reinforce the times tables. 
                                               FREE PUZZLE GAME ON TES 
Maths Treasure Hunt 
Try a maths treasure hunt. Let the children walk around the school building and look for clues. Place your clues in different locations. Use clues related to maths to help them find it. For example, take 6 x 3 steps forward. Rote to the left. The children can pretend to be a character or a famous person. Make your maths lessons more than just sitting staring at a board in the classroom. Make them interactive and fun. This way, you will cater for different needs in the classroom. There is a time and a place for board work, but there is also a time and place to do other creative and dramatic activities. 

Let them Start dancing What about using  geometric principles they have learnt concerning angles, mirroring, rotation, as the basis of a dance. Tape  x and y axis to the hall floor, and give the children co-ordinates as a starting point for their dance. You could then call out coordinates and shapes the had to make. This makes for a wonderful kinaesthetic activity and means that children are up and about and enjoying the interaction with each other. 

Hope you find great activities to incorporate maths and art. The children will have lots of fun and be learning at the same time and enjoy learning  Maths through Art












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