50 Fun Hands-On Activities and Games To Teach Multiplication

Making it fun makes it stick!

Examples of multiplication activities like LEGO football game and triangle fact families worksheet.
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Multiplication is a basic skill students need to master before they can move on to more advanced math. Memorizing multiplication tables is one option, but it’s important for kids to understand exactly what it means to multiply. This list of fun and engaging ways to teach multiplication has so many options. You’re sure to find a way to resonate with every one of your students!

1. Play a game of Scoot

A math lesson set up with task cards and worksheet laid out on a table
Teaching With a Mountain View/Scoot via teachingwithamountainview.com

This is a fun way to break up the routine of worksheets. One at a time, you will post one of the multiplication task cards and your students will work to find the answer. After a set amount of time (up to you), say “Scoot.” Students will leave their answer sheet on their desk and move one seat to their left. Post another task card. Again, say “Scoot” and have students rotate.

2. Practice skip-counting with a song

For many of us, setting information to music helps us memorize it. This series of videos from HeavenSentHorse features common tunes that your students will quickly catch on to like Jingle Bells, This Old Man and more.

3. Solve multiplication puzzles

Teach multiplication with these puzzles printed on a colorful piece of paper
What I Have Learned Teaching/multiplication puzzles via whatihavelearnedteaching.com

Puzzles are a great way to engage students and build their problem-solving skills. These puzzles help students put together the pieces to get the whole picture and really understand how to solve a multiplication problem.

4. Play Four in a Row

A worksheet with many circles with multiplication problems in them, a few covered with penguin stickers
Fun Learning for Kids/Four in a Row via funlearningforkids.com

This fun game challenges kids to practice their math facts. Partners will take turns choosing a circle and solving the math fact. If they get it right, they place a marker over it (here, a penguin stamp). The first player to connect four wins.

5. Solve Mystery Pictures

An array of colorful puzzles created by solving multiplication problems
Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures/multiplication mystery pictures via TPT

Students will solve the one-digit multiplication problems, then use the key to color in the boxes and create the mystery picture.

6. Play multiplication tic-tac-toe

Teach multiplication using tic tac toe frames filled with multiplication problems
School Time Snippets/multiplication tic-tac-toe via schooltimesnippets.com

Playing with partners, each player chooses a multiplication problem to solve. If they get it right, they mark it with their dot marker. If not, it’s the next person’s turn. Play goes back and forth until someone gets three in a row.

7. Build multiplication skills with Minecraft

A colorful math game for students with the theme of Minecraft
Royal Baloo/Minecraft multiplication via royalbaloo.com

Your kids will flip for this fun version of Minecraft multiplication. Download the game and instructions for free!

8. Deal a hand of Spiral

Playing cards laid out on a table in a spiral
Math Geek Mama/Spiral via mathgeekmama.com

Players take turns rolling the dice and moving around the game board with this fun multiplication card game.

9. Sweeten up multiplication practice

Teach multiplication using cupcake liners with multiplication problems written on them
Teach Starter/cupcake cases via teachstarter.com

Write multiplication problems on the bottom of small cupcake paper liners. On the inside, write the product. Two players take turns picking a liner, finding the answer, and flipping it over to check.

10. Take a whirl at fidget spinner math

A math worksheet using a fidget spinner as a tool
Royal Baloo/fidget spinner via royalbaloo.com

The object of the game is simple: Spin the spinner and complete as many problems as possible.

11. Make multiplication pool noodles

Pool noodles turned into math manipulatives for teaching multiplication
We Are Teachers

Pick up some pool noodles and use our easy tutorial to turn them into the ultimate multiplication manipulatives! This is such a unique way for kids to practice their math facts.

12. Match wits at Array Capture

Teach multiplication using this printable worksheet of an Array Capture multiplication game
Teaching With Jillian Starr/Array Capture via jillianstarrteaching.com

You can use dice-in-dice or just a regular pair of dice for this game. Players roll the dice and use the numbers to block off space on the grid, writing in the math sentence too. At the end of the game, the player with the most spaces colored in wins.

13. Punch holes to make arrays

Student using a hole punch to make multiplication arrays on rectangles of construction paper
Primary Theme Park/hole punch arrays via primarythemepark.com

Arrays introduce multiplication in a way that kids can easily understand. This activity is great for active learners who will love punching holes as they create multiplication arrays for basic facts.

14. Fold a multiplication cootie catcher

Colorful paper cootie catchers decorated with multiplication facts
Artsy Fartsy Mama/cootie catcher via artsyfartsymama.com

We love finding new and clever ways to practice math facts! Get these free printables, then let kids color and fold them up. Now they’ve got self-checking practice at their fingertips.

15. Visit the Multiplication Shop

Table with array of small items marked with prices
Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls/multiplication toy store via frugalfun4boys.com

How fun is this? Set up a “store” with small items for sale. Kids choose a number of items from each section to “buy” and write out the multiplication sentences as their receipt!

16. Ask a partner, “Do You Have …?”

Teach multiplication using an old Guess Who game repurposed to play Do You Have... with multiplication facts
Rainbow Sky Creations/Guess Who via Instagram

Got an old “Guess Who?” game lying around? Turn it into a multiplication game instead!

17. Pull out the base-10 blocks

Base 10 blocks being used to teach array model multiplication
Laura Candler/base ten blocks via lauracandler.com

Base-10 blocks are one of our favorite manipulatives, and they’re a terrific tool to help you teach multiplication. Build arrays with them to let kids visualize the problems and their answers.

18. Color in Emoji Mystery pages

Printable Emoji Mystery page for learning multiplication
Artsy Fartsy Mama/mystery picture via artsyfartsymama.com

Here’s a twist on color-by-number. First, kids have to answer the multiplication problems in each square. Then they get to color! Get a free set of these pages at Artsy Fartsy Mama.

19. Multiply with dice-in-dice

Student using dice-in-dice to practice multiplication facts as a fun example of how to teach multiplication
Life Over C’s/dice via lifeovercs.com

Something about dice-in-dice just makes learning more fun! If you don’t have a set, you can use a pair of regular dice for this activity. Mix things up with polyhedral dice with higher numbers too.

20. Pick sticks to play Kaboom!

Popsicle sticks labeled with multiplication facts
Teaching With Jillian Starr/Kaboom! via jillianstarrteaching.com

So easy and so fun! Write multiplication facts at the end of a variety of wood craft sticks. On a few, write “Kaboom!” instead. To play, kids draw sticks from a cup and answer the problem. If they get it right, they can keep pulling sticks. But if they get a Kaboom! stick, they have to put their whole collection back!

21. Match Multiplication memory cards

Memory cards with multiplication facts and answers
This Reading Mama/memory cards via thisreadingmama.com

Practice facts with a memory game. Make your own cards by writing facts and answers, then lay them all face down. Turn over a card and try to find its matching answer or problem. Your turn continues as long as you’re able to make matches.

22. Find it first

Random numbers written on a whiteboard, labeled "Find It First" as an example of how to teach multiplication
Who’s Who and Who’s New/Find It First via whoswhoandnew.blogspot.com

Write a series of products on the whiteboard, and mix in a few random numbers too. Send two students up to the board and call out a multiplication problem. The first one to find and point to the correct answer wins a point.

23. Draw Waldorf multiplication flowers

A drawing of a colorful flower with a number written in the middle and a multiplication equation written in each petal
Multicultural Motherhood/Waldorf flower via multiculturalmotherhood.com

This is a creative way to teach multiplication facts. Draw a flower with 12 petals and a circle in the center. In the circle, write the multiplicand; on the petals, the numbers 1 to 12. Now, draw larger petals outside, and fill in the product of each fact. Add some color to make fun classroom decorations!

24. Play multiplication war

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas/Multiplication War via momto2poshlildivas.com

All you need for this is a deck of cards, plus paper and a pencil for each player. Split the deck between the players. Each player flips two cards, then writes out the multiplication sentence and the answer. The player with the higher product takes all the cards. Play until the deck is gone. The player with the most cards wins!

25. Compete at multiplication bingo

Printable multiplication bingo cards are a fun way to teach multiplication
Confessions of Parenting/bingo via confessionsofparenting.com

Grab these free printable bingo cards at the link and provide one to each student along with some chips or beans to use as counters. Call out multiplication facts and have students cover the answers if they have them. When they get five in a row, it’s a bingo!

26. Put a twist on Rock, Paper, Scissors

Three hands against a white background, each hand showing a different choice in a game or rock, paper, scissors
NIcki L. Ford via Getty Images

Chances are your students already know how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors. This is similar, but instead, each player holds out a random number of fingers. The first one to correctly multiply them together and call out the answer wins a point. Play to 5, 10, or any number you choose.

27. Do some egg carton multiplication

A green egg carton with the numbers 1-12 written in the bottom of the cups used to teach multiplication
The Imagination Tree/egg carton multiplication game via theimaginationtree.com

Number the cups of an egg carton from 1 to 12. Drop in two marbles or beans, then close the carton and shake it up. Open it up and have students write out the multiplication number sentence based on where the marbles landed. This is an easy tool parents can make for kids at home too.

28. Try interactive flash cards

Multiplication flash cards to print out for student math practice
Research Parent/flash cards via researchparent.com

These aren’t your ordinary flash cards! These free printables are a cool way to teach multiplication since the answer side includes a dot array to help kids visualize the solution. You can use sticky-note flags to cover the answers while kids use the arrays for help too.

29. Teach multiplication facts with a paper plate wheel

A multiplication game made with two paper plates
Creative Family Fun/multiplication wheel via creativefamilyfun.net

All it takes is paper plates, glue, and a marker to help your students learn their multiplication tables. Let kids have fun decorating their plates, and this doubles as a math craft!

30. Practice with fact family triangles

Triangular fact family cards made from card stock used to teach multiplication
Primary Flourish/fact family triangles via primaryflourish.com

Tie together multiplication and division facts with triangle flash cards. Learn how to use them and buy a printable set at Primary Flourish. You can also have kids make their own.

31. Make LEGO arrays

Multi-colored LEGO bricks laid out on a table
Math Geek Mama/LEGO arrays via mathgeekmama.com

LEGO bricks are one of our favorite ways to teach math! You can use multiple bricks to make arrays or just look at the bumps on the top of a single brick as an array in itself.

32. Try the finger trick

An illustration of two hands spread out with each finger labeled with a number from 1-10
5-Minute Crafts/five finger trick via 5minutecrafts.site

This cute craft also teaches kids a clever multiplication trick that can help them if they’re stuck with multiplication “times nine.” Learn the easy trick at 5-Minute Crafts.

33. Use the Force to teach multiplication

A student Star Wars-themed math worksheet and color dot markers
Royal Baloo/Star Wars via royalbaloo.com

Sometimes learning multiplication facts just takes practice. Worksheets may not be very exciting, but adding a theme that kids are interested in may motivate your students. This free download from Royal Baloo features homework sheets and practice papers with graphs, mazes, puzzles, and more, all with a Star Wars theme.

34. Watch a multiplication video

Still shot from a video teaching kids multiplication
We Are Teachers

From Schoolhouse Rock to Animaniacs and beyond, there are lots of fun videos to help you teach multiplication. Find our big list here.

35. Play multiplication checkers

Blue and white checkerboard with multiplication problems written in squares as an example of how to teach multiplication
Teach Beside Me/checkers via teachbesideme.com

Turn a thrift store checkerboard into a multiplication game with some stickers and a marker. The play is similar to traditional checkers, but you have to solve the problem before you can leave your checker on a new space.

36. Toss a multiplication soccer ball

A colorful soccer ball with multiplication equations written in the white squares
Score N’ Explore/soccer ball multiplication via scorenexplore.com

What better way to appeal to students than to combine math with one of their favorite activities? These fun balls can be used in so many ways to support learning.

37. Flip bottle caps

Bottle caps with multiplication problems written on top to teach multiplication
Crofts’ Classroom/bottle caps via croftsclassroom.blogspot.com

Here’s a cool alternative to flash cards. You can use metal bottle caps or plastic bottle lids, along with round stickers that fit the caps. It’s a great way to go green while you teach multiplication!

38. Batter up to learn multiplication

A colorful printout of a multiplication baseball game
Line Upon Line Learning/multiplication baseball via homeschool.rebeccareid.com

Sports-loving kids will love this one! Get the free printables and use them along with a 10-sided die to get some multiplication facts practice.

39. Line up dominoes

Dominoes laid out on a worksheet to teach multiplication
Teaching With Jillian Starr/dominoes via jillianstarrteaching.com

Single dominoes turned sideways become multiplication number sentences! Grab a handful and have kids write out the sentences and their answers.

40. Roll to win

Multiplication Dice Game with dice and free printable
What Do We Do All Day?/dice game via whatdowedoallday.com

This works a bit like Yahtzee. Roll a die, then choose a number from 1 to 6 to multiply it by. Each number can only be used once, so choose carefully to rack up the most points. If you have polyhedral dice, you can play with higher numbers too.

41. Sculpt play dough arrays

Colorful balls of play dough laid out in arrays above multiplication problems
Miss Giraffe’s Class/play dough via missgiraffesclass.blogspot.com

What kid doesn’t love the chance to play with play dough? Use this activity for math centers, and kids will really enjoy practicing their multiplication facts.

42. Connect the dots with Multiplication Squares

A colorful printout of a multiplication squares game  used to teach multiplication
Games 4 Gains/dots via games4gains.com

This is a math spin on the old Dots and Boxes game. Kids roll two dice and multiply the numbers together. Then they find the answer on the board and connect two dots next to it. The goal is to complete a box, coloring it in with your own color marker. When the board is full, count the squares to see who wins.

43. Cut out and assemble array cities

A colorful poster of a city made from individual buildings made from arrays
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers/array cities via brightconcepts4teachers.com

Here’s another colorful math craft: multiplication array cities. Most high-rises have their windows arranged to make perfect arrays. Have kids make their own city skylines with buildings showing various multiplication arrays.

44. Stack math power towers

Three Pringles cans covered with a label that says Math Power Towers behind a stack of plastic cups with multiplication problems on them
Fabulous in Fifth/math towers via mrshallfabulousinfourth.blogspot.com

There’s a universal appeal about making stacks of cups, so don’t be surprised if kids clamor to play this game over and over again. Pull a cup, answer correctly, and stack. See who can get a stack of 10 first, or who can build the highest tower in 2 minutes, and so on.

45. Change your students’ names (temporarily)

A "hello" name tag with the name written as 8x3 used to teach multiplication
Mr. Elementary Math/name tag via mrelementarymath.com

Grab some name tags and write multiplication equations on each. Give a tag to each of your students. For the remainder of the day, everyone will refer to each other by the answer to the equation on their tag (e.g., the student with the name tag that says 7 x 6 would be referred to as “42”).

46. Take multiplication to the gridiron

A pair of leg goal posts, a lego football and a pair of dice on top of a worksheet
Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls/football via frugalfun4boys.com

All you need is poster board, 12-sided dice, and a couple of game pieces to teach multiplication using football. Students move their game piece up the field by rolling the dice and multiplying the two numbers that face up. They get four chances to score a touchdown.

47. Roll and Bump!

A colorful math worksheet with bright circles with numbers inside
This Reading Mama/roll and bump via thisreadingmama.com

Print the free game boards, each with a multiplier in the heading. Roll two dice, add them together, then multiply by the multiplier. Then place your game piece over that answer. If another player also comes up with the same product, they can “bump” your game piece off and replace it with their own. The player with the most markers on the board at the end of the game wins.

48. Weave multiplication patterns

Embroidery hoops with yarn woven into patterns inside of them
Lemon Lime Adventures/weaving via lemonlimeadventures.com

Skip-counting provides an introduction to multiplication. We love this hands-on activity where kids skip-count and weave yarn into pretty patterns.

49. Challenge kids with Multiplication Jenga

A jumble of Jenga wooden blocks with multiplication facts written on them used to teach multiplication
Multiplication.com/Jenga via multiplication.com

Grab an old Jenga game at the thrift store (or pick up the generic version at the dollar store). Write multiplication problems on each block, then stack ’em up. Player one pulls a block and tries to answer the problem. If they get it right, they keep the block. If they miss, their partner gets a chance. But if no one can answer it, the block gets stacked up on top. Keep playing until the tower collapses!

50. Twist and learn

Kids playing Twister on a Twister mat with numbers written on each dot
Math Geek Mama/Twister via mathgeekmama.com

Your students will love this twisted version of an old favorite! The original Math Twister was designed for addition, but it works for multiplication too. Simply write products on sticky notes and add them to circles. Then call out math problems like “Left foot, 4 x 5!” The player must put their left foot on the number 20—if they can!

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