Best Multiplication Games
Multiplication Games for All Ages
Whether it's a multiplication strategy board game, card game or an electronic nintendo-style console, learning multiplication tables is a lot more fun - AND more effective - when you're playing a game. Multiplication games have been shown to not only improve a child's knowledge and skill, but they also help kids learn faster! These make brilliant gifts! They're the "I can't believe it's educational" quality of educational games! :)
Educational games disguised as fun! ;)
Electronic Multiplication Games
There are many different types of multiplication games, but considering the popularity of computer games, and console games like Xbox and Nintendo, electronic multiplication games are often more appealing - especially to young teens. Most of these have sound (which can be turned off), lights and sometimes even voices. They all have a scoring and level system which motivates children to achieve better and better results - effectively improving not only their multiplication skills, but their speed in mental calculation.
Electronic Multiplication Games
The FlashMaster - Electronic Multiplication Flash Card Game
Combining learning with the fun and sense of challenge and achievement of a Nintendo DS type game, this portable electronic flash card device has a range of levels and can be played in a variety of ways. Its modes include playing against the clock, saving scores from the last 9 games, as you achieve new levels. It gives the child a similar sense of challenge, fun and achievement of "non-educational" games - and they won't even notice they're learning their times-tables!
LeapFrog Flash Magic Multiplication Game - Shout and "Flick" Digital Flash Card Style Game
This flashcard style game allows a player to "shout" out a guess before "flicking it" to reveal the correct answer! Solve as many equations as possible in 60 seconds! Quiz Time keeps score. Batteries included are for in-store demonstration, and should be replaced to improve performance. Requires 3 button cell AG13 (LR44) alkaline batteries.
Perfect for kids who find paper flash cards boring, Flash Magic is a fun multiplication game. Small enough to be carried in a pocket, it also has an option to have the sound on or off! - a big plus for parents ;) It keeps score, and, as one young reviewer put it: "I also think it is pretty cool that you can shake it to get the answer. Once I accidently flung it across the floor. It still works great."
Math Whiz Multiplication Game
Math Whiz plays like a video game and teaches like electronic flash cards. This game features 8 levels, with immediate feedback (with lights and sound). There is an option to turn the sound off, and it also works as a calculator!
Digitz Multiplication Game - Race the clock to become a "Multiplication Master"
Its "no-fail game strategy" makes this one a perfect tool for self-directed play. One of the best things about this game is, it has a headphone jack, so can be played in the car (not by the driver of course ;) ) without driving the rest of the passengers crazy! There are 5 games to master - and they can be played either solo, or with another player.
It's a competitive, stimulating game which, through fun and excitement, helps children to learn important multiplication skills, including multiples (skip counting), memorization of facts, identifying factors, finding factor pairs, and sequencing. The levels start off easy and increase in difficulty, and kids want to play again and again to improve their accuracy and time. This one makes a great Christmas gift.... and has a volume control, which is of course very important for parent sanity! ;) So, if you don't have headphones, you can still turn the volume down or off for quiet play.
Educational Insights MathShark - Video game-style multiplication game.
The shape, colors, flashing lights, and beeps - all reminiscent of a hand-held electronic game - will appeal to kids who may not otherwise be interested in practicing math.
A maths game and calculator in one, the Maths Shark has 8 skill levels and its games feature addition, subtraction, division, decimals, fractions and percentages as well as multiplication. After answering a question, the game will beep and flash either green or red to let you know if your answer was correct or not. If you answered incorrectly, the right answer flashes, and that question continues to appear, along with others you answered incorrectly, until you get it right. Scores are based on how long it took to answer all questions correctly. It also features encouraging "cheer-leading" - When a question is answered correctly, a comment: "You did it!" or "Way to go!" appears on the screen.
Gameboy Math Patrol - The Kleptoid Threat for 1st and 2nd Grade
Cleverly disguised as a space invasion game, Math Patrol for Gameboy has proven to be highly effective in improving, not only multiplication, addition, subtraction and division skills, but also reinforces mastery of logic patterns, time, fractions, money, math vocabulary, and word problems. Such fun they won't realize they're learning! :)
Nintendo DS Math Blaster
Twist and Shout Multiplication Game - Makes learning multiplication music to their ears.
This winner of the "10 Best Children's Education Products, Dr. Toy, 1998"; "Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Golden Seal, 1998" and "Sesame Street Magazine, 1998" awards looks like a Jedi light saber! Its catchy music and cartoon voice add to the fun and enjoyment of learning multiplication. It's an addictive device - and kids (and some adults!) find it hard to put down.
LeapFrog Turbo Twist Math Game - Musical Multiplication Game
Highly addictive, this fun musical math game teaches:
* Addition, subtraction and division as well as multiplication
* Fractions, decimals, percents, word problems, early Algebra
* Problem solving skills
* Math facts applied to the real world
* Early to advanced math concepts from grades one through eight
How great to see kids unable to put this game down, instead of other video games! Fun "Learn It", "Quiz", and "Beat the Clock" games, incorporating thousands of math problems, guide children from introduction to mastery. Age appropriate content changes with each use and user as it automatically adapts difficulty of content to child's grade and skill level. The catchy musical beat, cool voice and sounds effects add to the fun. Lightweight and portable, it's great for car journeys and travelling; and with its automatic shut-off feature, there's no risk of batteries running down if it's left in the car or in a school bag. You'll also be pleased to know it has a volume control. ;)
Leapster Arcade: Cosmic Math - Action-packed arcade math game
Defend your ship from flying space debris and blast away at cosmic rocks that have the right answers.
Rocket into the cosmos on an incredible math mission! This stellar arcade game reinforces 1st through 4th grade math tables. It can be played by 1 or 2 plyers, teaches multiplication, addition, subtraction and division, has 4 challenge levels and tutorials. The arcade game style makes it a fun challenge that keeps kids motivated to improve their score. For use with the Leapster Learning System or Leapster L-Max Learning Game System, each sold separately.
Multiplication Board Games and Dice Games
The Iguana Factor Multiplication Game - Suitable for 2 to 4 players aged 8 to 10 years
Friendly iguanas watch every move as kids use multiplication facts to reach their goal in this fun board game. It adds the element of chance to a game of strategy and math skill, which keeps everyone in the game to the end. Bumping and capturing moves make this game even more fun.
Roll'n Multiply - A 2 player game for grades 3 & up
A multiplication version of "four in a row" - this game is great for both beginners and advanced learners - with two different ways to play. The aim of the game is to try to get four in a row before your opponent steals your piece - a fun and social way to master multiplication!
Math Dash Game: Multiplication & Division - Strategy game for 2 to 8 players - grades 2 and up
Totally Tut Math Operations Game - For 2 to 4 players, aged 6 to 9 years
Totally Tut is a fun math skill-building board game which helps to develop critical thinking as well as mastering mulitiplication, division, addition and subtraction. The object of the game is to fill your pyramid with triangle pieces by creating accurate math problems. The player who completes the first pyramid is the winner. Extra fun is added by the fact that you can steal or swap numbers from your opponents to help you win.
ThinkFun Math Dice Jr. - For 2 or more players, aged 5 years and up
Portable and fun, this game is also short, so keeps the attention of kids who don't like sitting down for a full board game. How to play: Roll the 12-sided Target Die to get your target number, then roll the five 6-sided Scoring Dice. Using addition, subtraction, multiplication or division, combine the Scoring Dice to match the target number, moving one space on the Scoring Track for every Scoring Die used. The first player to reach the finish line wins!
Mindware Flip 4 Strategic Game - For 2 to 4 players, 8 - 12 years
Multiplication Game Cards
Card Multiplication Games
Multiplication card games are another fun way to improve math skills. There are such a wide range of cards, that there's sure to be a set that appeals to each child. From "Hello Kitty" to "Spiderman"... from cars to Disney princesses, these are not your old-fashioned flash cards! And they make Fabulous stocking fillers!
Zoom Multiplication Card Game - Fun "Uno" style card game
Times Tables the Fun Way - Brilliant Book for Kids - A Picture Method of Learning the Multiplication Facts
A remarkable book, with extremely high success rates, it contains stories and funny, silly cartoons, and uses association to create automatic memories. Because it's entertaining, and memorably silly, it's very easy for children to remember the multiplication facts associated with the stories and pictures. A really brilliant tool, and highly recommended!