Summer vacation has arrived in the desert! When school was still in session, we were counting the days for summer to begin. Now that it's here, the kids are already bored. I don't want the kids to forget everything they learned in school over the summer, so I created a fun math game to keep their multiplication and division facts fresh. Get ready for Multiplication Tic-Tac-Toe!
Multiplication Tic-Tac-Toe Math Game
The game is simple to play, and I've included game boards for advanced and beginner players. Kids can start with the beginner boards if they are still learning their facts, and then move to the advanced boards when they are more confident.
I've also included two ways to play. The first way focuses on multiplication, and the second way reviews division facts (without the kids even realizing that's what they're doing).
Click the images below to open the pdf printables. They will open in a new screen, and you can choose to save the files for later or print right away.
Instructions are included with the printables, but I'll include them here as well.
How to Play:
- 9 number cards
- 11 game boards (use only one a a time)
- Markers of two different colors or shapes (squares of paper, coins, candies, etc)
Separate the 9 number cards by cutting along the black lines.
Instructions (2 Players)
- Choose one game board for two players. (I will use the x3 game board for this example.)
- Shuffle the number cards and place them face down on the table.
- Player 1 turns over the top number card and multiplies the number shown on the card by the number of board they are using. (If the number on the number card is 7 and the game board is x3, then the player multiplies 7 x 3.)
- Player announces the product. (7 x 3 = 21)
- If the player is correct, he covers the number (21) on the tic-tac-toe board with a marker. If the answer is incorrect, he places the number card at the bottom of the number card pile to be used again.
- Player 2 draws a number card, multiplies, and announces the product.
- If the answer is correct, he covers the answer on the tic-tac-toe board with one of his markers (different markers than player 1).
- Play continues until one player has covered three answers in a row on the board (across, down, or diagonally). He is the winner.
Advanced Play (Good Practice for Multiplication and Division)
- Place all number cards face up so that they can be seen by both players.
- Player 1 chooses where he wants to place his marker on the board, and then he selects the number card that would give him that answer when multiplied by the number of the board. (If he selects 18 on the x3 board, he should select the 6 number card because 6 x 3 = 18.)
- Play continues with each player selecting cards and placing markers on the board each time he gets a correct answer.
- The first player to get three in a row (across, down, or diagonally) is the winner.
Have fun! I'm enjoying playing with my girls. (It's nice to know that I still remember most of my facts!)
For more multiplication fun, check out these ideas. (The images below are linked to posts. Click on the image to visit the post.)
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a fun summer!
Thank you for this beautifully designed game! I have pinned it for later when my grandkids are ready to do multiplication. I think you are going to help many children keep their skills fresh over the summer with this educational contribution. Teachers never stop teaching! Thank you!
You're welcome, Joyce. It's nice to talk with you again. It looks like your comments are no longer going to spam. Yeah! My kids actually like this game well enough to play through all the boards every time they play. I hope other kids enjoy it, too. (Love the library you just posted!)
Multiplication simplified and made fun. I loved this creative post
Thanks, Ruby. My kids have a lot of fun with it.
It's so important to make learning fun for kids. Games like these would not only make math fun for them but also can help them to cement their knowledge. Thanks for sharing!
This is so awesome! Thank you SOOOOO much. My 6th graders need some practice with multiplication tables so I will have them practice with this tomorrow.
I'm so glad you like this game. I'd love to hear how your class liked it.