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.

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