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Fun Multiplication Games for Kids

Updated on July 30, 2012

Use Games to Practice Multiplication Facts

My daughter is a thinker, not a memorizer. Long term, this will serve her well in math. Short term, she needs to be faster in recalling her basic math facts. For example, if she is dividing 273 by 3, she needs to quickly recognize that 27 is divisible by 3. Our goal for the summer is to help her improve her math computation. Since she is a rising fourth grader, we are going to home in on multiplication. I think the key to making this successful is to make sure it is fun, not boring. Gone are the days of worksheets, charts and tables. Kids today are used to being entertained. Lucky for us parents, there are many interactive tools to educate while entertaining. This hub presents top choices for interactive math games for online, personal gaming devices, and touch screen apps.

Favorite Free Online Math Games

Free Rice
This is a quick and easy multiplication retention tool. It is also an outstanding humanitarian tool. For every correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Health Programme to end hunger. Under the subject of math, select Multiplication Table. Level one is the default. Correct answers will continue to increase the level of difficulty. My daughter loves knowing that she is helping feed hungry children. It also spurs interesting discussions on children living in poverty and what we can do to help. 100 grains of rice equals one bowl. You can donate up to ten bowls a day.

Minkos Milkshake Shoppe
This is a fun multiplication game that lets kids set exact multiplier they need to work on. For example, if your child needs help with multiplying by sevens, you can set the game to that level.

Math Magician
This website is fun and results driven. If you child needs help with the speed of multiplication facts, this is an excellent choice. You set the game to focus on a specific multiplier or on mixed factors. You must correctly answer 20 questions in a minute. If you are successful, you can print out a certificate that lists your accomplishments.

Granny Prix
Here is another multiplication facts game of speed. First, the player gets to customize their own granny! They can choose their favorite hair, skin, clothes, design and wheels for the wheelchair before heading off to the races. This is a hoot! There are four grannies racing. Your granny advances faster every time you get a multiplication fact correct. At the end of the race you will see how well you did and which problems you need to work on.

Operation Math is a big hit
Operation Math is a big hit | Source

Favorite Math Apps from the Apple Store

My daughter loves her ipod Touch. I love it because it is portable, educational and just plain fun. With so many free online games and inexpensive apps, it is hard to justify purchasing computer software games for $30 and $40. Here are her favorite math apps:

Rocket Math
For 99 cents, this is awesome. Set the game to multiplication. For every correct answer, you receive money to build your rocket. When your rocket is complete, you are all set to launch.

Operation Math
At $2.99 this app, and winner of the 2012 Parents' Choice Award winner by the Parents' Choice Foundation, is a huge hit. You can set this game to multiplication to test your skill and time. Each operation is timed. If you fail the operation you may repeat it. If the operation is successful, you get bumped up a level and may even unlock a new clothing item or gadget.

Nintendo DS Math Games

If your child has a Nintendo DS, there are several good options priced under $20.

Kids Learn Math
This game offers 15 different math games in one with a carnival theme setting. You can set it to the multiplication option and further hone in on those skills. Parents can play too as there is a multiplayer option.

Personal Trainer: Math
This Nintendo DS game is expensive ($35.00 new, $15.00 used) but it is great for math computation and speed. It features multiplication games, flash cards and even word problems. In addition, because you have to write the answer with your stylus, it helps your handwriting too!


Make Math Fun

Worksheets equal boring. Games equal fun. If you are trying to reinforce math skills this summer for greater math computation, keep in mind you will face greater resistance if it is a fun experience. There are so many education tools at your disposal--take advantage of them today. Say goodbye to boring worksheets!


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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      My daughter is the same age as yours, and she also loves Free Rice. Thanks for reminding me to get into a math routine with her this summer!

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      katie 5 years ago

      My daughter likes splash math and operation math.

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Hi ragged. Yes, its good to mix it up a bit so they don't get bored. Free Rice has vocab words too and all kinds of math, so one that is a great site. Thanks for reading.

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      Bev G 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Ooh... thank you for this. My kids have to do 15 mins tables practice every day. They use a simple little online game... but they are bored with it, so this is great.

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Yoou are funny GoodLady! Thanks for commenting.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's so very very fun and helpful. Games are the way to go. Wish you guys a happy Maths summer. Now who could have ever thought this could be a sincere wish?!

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thanks, wilderness. There are so many fun math tools available there is really no reason for kids not to learn basic math computation.

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      A great list of fun sound ways to learn multiplication. So many of our kids finish school barely able to add 2+2; maybe this type of thing will help.