Taming the tables – Tips to introduce multiplication

Some tips and tricks to start multiplication which will help you in  knowing  your times tables. I followed this approach with my daughter (she is in grade 1 rt now) and am very happy with the results. She does not have any apprehensions of which table is asked and does a quick mental maths if she does not know the answer.

Tips to approach the concept of multiplication :

I explained these concepts using lego pieces . You can use anything small and handy.

  1. Now that the kids know 2 digit addition the best approach to start multiplication is by asking them to do  repeated addition. Ask them to count the objects in groups of 2 then 3 and so on.
  2. Once they are thorough with repeated addition you can ask them to do skip counting.
  3. Ask them to divide the total number of objects into equal groups.
  4. Arrange the total number of objects in an array of row and column.

Below is a figure to illustrate how multiplication can be introduced to kids.

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Logical and analytical reasoning

Reasoning tips and tricks 

Finding the odd one out

Step 1 : Look out for common things

Step 2 : Find a pattern in the similarities

Step 3 : Which one is different and why ? Cross out the similar ones.

Step 4 : Mark the answer .

Example :


 What comes next

Step 1 : Look at the changes / similarities between each diagram

Step 2 : Look for a pattern in the changes

Step 3 : Do the different changes one at a time.

Step 4 : Look out for the right option

Example :







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Geometrical shapes

Geometrical shapes


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Images of indian currency




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Days of the week


Months in an year


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Number sense: Greater than, less than and equal to




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Number sense:Before, Between, and After

Before, Between, and After

With each number, be familiar on what comes…

number line

BEFORE – the numbers in front (left) of a particular number

BETWEEN – the number in the middle (center) of two specific numbers

AFTER – the number which is next (right) to a specific number




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Number sense : Increasing And Decreasing order

Ordering Numbers

Before putting numbers in order, we need to know their numerical neighbours

number lineAscending order

One way of putting numbers in order is to arrange them from the smallest (or lowest) to the largest (or highest) number. We call it in “Ascending Order” when the numbers in the sequence gets larger or go up in value.

For example:

4, 9, 16, 18, 21, 25, 35, 37, 48 are arranged in ascending order

Descending Order

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