Kids are competitive. Heck, adults are competitive. Add a little competition to your fact practice activities and you’re sure to have a hit on your hands. I call this game Move 1, because you move one of the addends (or factors) each time. There’s strategy involved, so you’re also helping students develop critical thinking skills. And there’s no timing or speed component, which can be intimidating for some children.
Pictured below is the addition version (there is a multiplication version also). The goal is to get four spaces in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. In the first picture, Player 1 has circled 7 and 8 as the addends. They can mark any of the spaces marked 15 on the board. In the second picture, Player 2 strategically moved the 8 to a 3 because 3 + 7 = 10, and that allows them to mark a space right next to Player 1.
Keep in mind that our students get the most out of strategy games when we let them discover the strategy themselves. Be careful not to be too helpful!
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Looking for more multiplication games? Check out my Multiplication Fact Games | Practice for Building Understanding and Fluency unit.