fun multiplication game Rollin' with the Facts

Multiplication can really make a kid’s head spin in every possible direction. Numbers are getting, doubled, tripled, added many times over, and who knows what else. It’s easy to see why a child would be fed up by the constant roadblocks that multiplication can throw up in her way. However, multiplication is one of the primary pillars of mathematics, and as such, it cannot be ignored.  That is exactly where the fun multiplication game Rollin’ With the Facts (from Learn-With-Math-Games.Com) comes in.

This fun multiplication game allows a child to immerse herself in a fun and interactive activity. It continuously challenges her to memorize and use facts associated with multiplication. This fun multiplication game is easy to make, hardly takes any work to set up, and guarantees hours of fun and learning. So without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Who can play this fun multiplication game?

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  • While this fun multiplication game can be played by everyone, it is primarily aimed towards Grade 3-4 kids.
  • Kids who do not understand, or have difficulty remembering, multiplication facts will also benefit from this game.
  • Those who want to improve their multiplication skills.

Practice makes perfect

This fun multiplication game provides 4 times more practice when it comes to multiplication facts.

The many benefits of the game

  • The game enhances a child’s memory and the ability to recall information.
  • It strengthens a child’s problem-solving abilities. 

The Ingredients

fun multiplication game rolling with multiplication facts

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  • Number cards (feel free to print out the cards)
  • Two players (most important)
  • Four dice, with two sets of dice being of two different colors

For example, there can be two yellow dices and two red dices.

The Winner is…

The player who manages to flip over all of their number cards will be the winner.

Who Goes First?

The players take turns to roll the four dice. After the roll, the players add up the numbers that appear on the dice. The player who gets the lowest total gets to start first.

How Do You Start Rollin’ With the Facts?

Step 1: The Set-Up

  • First of all, you have to print out the number cards.
  • Once that is done, and the two players are ready, it’s time shuffle.
  • Mix all the cards together and then distribute the cards equally between the two players.
  • The players will place the cards, face up,in front of them. Now, we are ready to roll.

Step 2: Let the fun multiplication game begin!

  • The first player starts the game by rolling the dice.
  • Next, she will  add the numbers on the dice with the same color. Now the player has two factors for multiplication. For example, she rolled 3 and 1 on the yellow dice, and 2 and 6 on the red dice. The numbers on yellow dice give her 4 and those on red dice give her number 8. These are her two multiplication factors.
  • Next, she will have to multiply these 2 factors. In our example, the player multiplies 4 with 8.
  • Once the multiplication is done, the player will announce her answer to the other player.
  • If the answer is correct, the 1st player will check if any of their cards match the answer. If yes, then she will flip that card over.
  • Each player gets to roll the dice twice every turn.

The Challenger

  • If a player disagrees with the other player’s answer, a challenge can be made. The answer can then be checked on a calculator.
  • If the answer is wrong, then the player who gave the wrong answer loses the turn and the challenger gains an extra turn.

Free Flip

  • If a player hasn’t been able to flip a number card for three turns, a “free flip” is awarded to them.
  •  The player chooses an unflipped card and writes down the number as a product of a multiplication fact. For example, if the player chooses 66 then it will need to be written as 6 x 11 = 66.
  •  During a “free flip”, there is no need to roll the dice. The player will pick the card directly and write its multiplication fact.

Make it a Bit More Challenging

To increase the intensity of this fun multiplication game, the turns can be timed. All you would need is a stopwatch (or a stopwatch app on your phone). This will give the players a sense of urgency and inspire them to solve multiplication problems as fast as possible.

There’s a Lot More Where This Came From

If you are interested in more DIY fun multiplication games, then you should definitely check out similar games that are available.