Target Multiplication

What You Need:

  • 4 sheets of white paper
  • Marker
  • 2 counters (little piece of green paper)
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Using the marker, have your child write the numbers one through ten on one of the sheets of white paper. This is the factor board that you'll place counters on to reach the target numbers on your cards.
  2. Have her set the sheet to the side.
  3. Next, help her create an even stack with the remaining three sheets of white paper.
  4. Using the scissors, have her carefully cut the stack of white papers into multiple square cards.
  5. Next, use the marker to write a random non-prime (divisible by more than just the number and one) number 1-100 on each of the cards.
  6. On the other side write "target" as these cards feature your target numbers. You'll need to figure out which numbers on the factor board to mark with your counters in order to arrive at the products on the cards.
  7. Help her mix the the cards up.
  8. Create a stack of the target cards, the sides with the word "target" facing up.
  9. Draw a card read the number aloud.
  10. Encourage her to find two numbers on the factor board that can be multiplied together to arrive at her target number and place the counters on them.
  11. She should continue this process until the target number deck is depleted.
  12. If your child is still having fun, shuffle the deck and keep the game going!

Target Multiplication is even more fun to play with a whole group of kids. You also might want to throw in some additional counters and challenge your kid to find all the factors she can for a given target number.

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