Making a wall times table board game can be a great way to get kids excited and engaged in learning math. The benefits of this kind of game go beyond just memorizing their multiplication facts ” it provides a hands-on, physical practice that helps to reinforce the concepts and given them multiple opportunities to learn. Plus, it’s an especially fun activity for groups or families to do together. In this article, you will find out how to make your own wall times table board game ” it’s easy and all you need is some paper, markers, tape and string!
Before getting into the materials, decide which times tables you would like your players to practise ” you can focus on one multiplication table such as 6 x 7 = 42 or two multiplications tables such as 4×5=20 & 7×8=56 . Gather 15 pieces of paper and draw the following numbers: 0-9 on nine pieces; 10-15 on five pieces (for one multiplication table) or 0-15 on all 15 pieces (for two multiplication tables). On the back of each paper write down the mathematical equation offered by each number front (e.g 4×5=20). Get creative with colour – have one colour per multiplication number in order to prevent any confusion.
Once all pieces are prepared simultaneously punch holes in three corners of the papers and proceed with threading string through one hole and then over the top with another hole at the opposite side of the paper piece before finishing with a third hole repeated for every paper piece until all 15 are connected. To begin play hang up your completed ‘wallboard” from a nail in your wall or from a tree rod if you’re outside.
To play set up two teams against each other and let team A pick one billboard from off the wallboard first – read out both numbers of equation e.g 5 & 8 then turn over the piece . Other teams must quickly answer correctly ‘what’s 5×8?’ ” 40 – before anyone else does if correct move onto next questions otherwise put that question back for others again after which repeat turn taking between 2 teams until everyone got stuck so no questions left than acknowledge winning team by scoring total value added up by right answers during game.
Gather the Materials
– Cardstock or construction paper (at least 7 pieces, with one having a contrasting color to the others)
– dice (2)
– Coins, chips, or other counters
Estimated Cost: $15
Design the Board
Designing the board for a wall times table board game can be done in a variety of ways. One option is to utilize a larger format, such as upscaling a regular paper-and-pencil gameboard. In this approach, start with a large sheet of poster board and draw grid lines on it to make the rows and columns for the gameboard. A minimum of four rows and columns is needed, though you may opt to have more if desired. Next, attach several pieces of card stock or other stiff paper, preferably with adhesive squares, to reinforce the gameboard.
Another option for designing the board includes creating your own creative design. For example, purchase several sheets of foam core and use duct tape or glue dots to combine them into one large contiguous piece. Then draw out a template with gridlines so each square is approximately 3”x3” in size that results with at least three rows and three columns ” though again this size varies depending on how much space you want the board to occupy on your wall or door. You can also paint or dye specific colors onto certain squares to denote different types of questions or objectives within the game itself. Finally, cut out each square with an x-acto knife or scissors as needed and assemble all the pieces together like a puzzle onto the backside of one large piece of felt cloth so that it will stick securely onto your door or wall once finished.
Assemble the Pieces
To make the pieces for your wall times table board game, begin by cutting several circles or squares (depending on what type of shape you would like) from construction paper or cardstock. Once the shapes are cut, give each one a times table number of your choice written on it with a marker. You can also use markers or paint pens to color in and decorate the shapes.
Once the pieces are made, create two frames that will fit snugly inside the gap between each two adjacent shapes. The frames should be big enough to hold a vertical token of your choice such as a piece of yarn with colorful beads threaded onto it – this will indicate which way the player is supposed to move while playing the game.
Once everything is assembled and ready, attach the pieces and frames to the wall using double sided sticky tape. Now your wall times table board game is complete and ready for use!
Instructions to Play
To play the Wall Times Table Board Game, you will need a hard surface to stick the board game pieces to, such as a wall or large piece of thick cardboard. Alternatively, you can use a flat table surface if preferred.
Lay out the game pieces in front of you, which can include paper cutouts of numbered cubes with times tables facts written on them or playing cards with color-coded equations. Includes addition facts, subtraction facts and division facts as well. Place each set of number cubes or cards at opposite ends of the playing field (wall/table surface).
Agree on individual rules this game. For example: Players take turns rolling one die then trying to solve an equation from their chosen set (number cubes or cards) corresponding to the number rolled on the die. The player must answer correctly before advancing their playing piece that number of spaces forward around the game board using seven different colors for each equation set. The first person to reach the finish line wins!
Variations of this game can be created – start by assigning words as answers and thus creating a word problem for each number cube or card instead of an equation. To spice things up and make it more challenging for older children, create timed rounds so players have to answer fast rather than just correctly and add extra points for speed if desired. Or assign point values based on complexity level and reward those who can solve higher level problems quicker.
Making a wall times table board game is a great way to keep kids engaged in learning their multiplication tables. If you are looking to create an interactive and educational activity, this project could be just what you need! Below are some general steps that should help you with making your own wall times table board game:
1. Start by gathering the materials you need. This would include various boards, paints, markers, rulers, and other art and crafting supplies such as scissors or glue.
2. Decide on the size of your board game. Keep in mind that it needs to be big enough for children to easily reach all squares on the board.
3. Draw a grid pattern of nine squares onto cardboard or plywood – an equal number of red boxes and blue boxes will best suit the purpose of your game.
4. Color each box with either red or blue paint – for durability use two coats per square!
5. Print out questions related to times tables and attach them onto each square using tape or glue stick – taking into account different levels i.e beginner/intermediate or advanced levels so kids can challenge themselves as they become more confident with solving math problems..
If the reader is looking for more information on creating a wall times table board game, additional resources online can be found that provide additional guidance and step-by-step tutorials such as detailed videos and photos that can easily show how to make the game correctly and effectively whilst giving tips along the way such as choosing difficulty levels etc… Additionally, there may be store-bought versions of wall time table board game available if someone does not have access to art supplies necessary for DIY projects; for example if one lives in an area where supplies are not available due to external factors e.g pandemics etc that might limit shopping during lockdown period
In order to make the wall times table board game even more exciting, consider offering incentives for successful players. For example, add marker boards or certificates to award after each round which can be hung on a wall of success. For an extra challenge, add in some multiplication facts from higher tables that could be asked during gameplay, such as 11s and 12s. Alternatively, include a total sum at the end of play that has to be calculated using all the answers when responding to questions correctly. This will help young players understand how multiplication works better and develop their mental math skills. Additionally, you can also encourage friendly competition by including a scoring system that rewards people who answer correctly with points that increase each time they answer correctly. This system creates competition between players but also gives them an incentive to work towards something in order to get ahead!
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