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.

 See this video which shows how you can memorise the multiplication facts. 

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


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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. 

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