Who said practicing times tables can't be fun? Create a set of targets, get out a deck of cards, and get ready to practice multiplication. Kids are awarded points for correct answers, plus, they get one step closer to memorizing times tables!
What You Need:
- One deck of cards
- Three targets (Print these out, or use pieces of paper.)
- Score sheet (Print this out.)
What You Do:
- Label your targets (or sheets of paper) "x 1", "x 3", and "x 5". This will indicate the multiplication problem for each target.
- Lay the targets out about four feet away from the throwing area.
- Players take turns drawing a card from the deck and pitching it at a target. If their card lands on a target, they may multiply their card by the number on that target. (For example, if they threw a 7 and it landed on the "x 3" target, they would earn 7 x 3 = 21 points.) For the purposes of this game, all face cards will be worth 10 points each.
- Players record their scores for each round, even if their score is zero.
- At the end of 10 rounds, players add up their scores. The player with the largest total wins!
- Change the rules so that the first player to score 200 points wins the game.
- Change the values on the targets.
- Make face cards worth more (jacks = 11, queens = 12, kings = 13).