Introducing multiplication into the classroom can be hard. Students are like, “What?! So, not only do you add and subtract numbers, now there’s a thing called multiplying? What does that even mean?” Ha! Honestly, I don’t blame them. Making the shift can seem daunting EVEN for teachers, so you can imagine the students. That’s why it is important that we get creative and incorporate fun and engaging activities for multiplication using ALL the manipulatives we can.
To help you with that, I’ve rounded up 5 of my favorite activities for introducing multiplication to your students. These activities for multiplication require little to no prep and of course, I’ve included a FREEBIE for you below!
Multiplication with Food
In this activity, we’re playing with our food, but for good reason! Students will manipulate Oreos and M&Ms. The Oreos become equal groups and the M&Ms are the objects being multiplied. Students will label groups up, equations, and repeated addition on a sticky note. You can check out more details about this activity right here.
Learn the Properties of Zero and One
For this activity, you can work together as a class to teach about the properties of zero and one. The best way is to make a simple anchor chart and have students add equations that fit the property. You can grab THIS freebie to share with your students to solve and sort equations.
Multiplication with Things Around the Room
This activity for multiplication is what I like to call, IMPROVISE! Use anything you have around the classroom… jewels, jingle bells, poms, noodles, etc for students to practice making equal groups. Students will then create a word problem, write groups of labeling, and an equation. A super simple but effective way of teaching this skill.
Multiplication with Paint Dotters
Seriously, everything you need to know is in the title! Very simply, students can use paint dotters to make arrays or equal groups. Then, they can show what they know by writing multiplication or repeated addition equations.
Multiplication with Stickers
Similar to the paint dotters, it’s pretty self explanatory. Use all those stickers you have on hand for making equal groups! I mean, what kid doesn’t love playing with stickers!
I hope this round-up of some of my favorite activities for multiplication is helpful! Remember, manipulatives are
KING QUEEN (ha!) when introducing new math skills. What’s your favorite way to teach multiplication? Let me know below!