If you have come across this page via a search you will not want to miss out on seeing the first installment of Multiplication Tips and Tricks that offers the first steps in getting started with multiplications. Getting a sound start will help with these later tips for higher numbers.
One and the same multiplications:
Sometimes seeing the higher number first intimidates children and shuts them down. Learning one and the same multiplications can help.
Example: 6×4= 24 and 4×6= 24
7×3 =21 and 3×7= 21
Sometimes seeing the smaller number first helps children realize the problem is not as big as they originally think.
Attaching a zero:
If your children is struggling to learn multiplying by 10 and the counting by 10 trick does not help. Another simple trick is to add a zero!
Example: 10×6=60 by adding a zero on the end of the number 10 is being multiplied by we simply have the correct answer.
The Scary Nines:
The nines scare kids for some reason. Almost every child I have had contact with when it comes to multiplications say the nines are by far the worst. That is until they are handed this simple and easy trick!
Take 9×7 and then have your child times 7×10 since these are easy the answer is 70, not have your child minus 7 from 70 which is 63. The answer to 9×7=63, no matter what the multiplication is by 9, just take the other number and multiply it by 10 then subtract that number from the answer.
Using your hands can help! Think of 9X8, this is often a hard one for kids to get. Have your child hold their hands up and bend the 8th finger down. Now have them count the fingers to the left and they will have the first number to the answer which is 7, have them count the remaining fingers to the right and they will have 2 the second number to the answer. 9×8 = 72
This works easily for all multiplications with 9. For example 9×6 by holding down the 6 finger they have five fingers to the left of the bent down finger and four fingers to the right of the bent down finger. The answer would be 54.
Important tip: Make sure you teach your children this lesson by standing behind them so you have the same view of their little fingers as they do. If you teach from the front you could confuse them to count the wrong sides.
The simple elevens:
Most kids do not struggle with these as the simple tip to these is just to double the number.
Example: 11×6 = 66 by simply doubling the number the elevens are being timed by you have the answer to your problem! Now this tip only works for single number for example: 11×1 to 11×9