Thursday, 27 June 2013

Splash Math

This week Hannah and I invented a fun new game to help Hannah learn her times tables! The weather has been hot and Hannah has wanted to be her pool but she often wants something to play in the pool, so I thought it might be fun to come up with a way she could learn her tables while she played.

We filled up some water balloons and wrote number answers on them with sharpie,

These are the Three Times Table balloons.

Then we threw them in the pool and mixed them up.

I called out a question such as 'find 7 x 3'

working out an answer

and then Hannah got to splash around looking for the right balloon!

5 x 3 ?? Found it!!
She also practiced putting the balloons in numerical order, going backwards down the tables and telling me the question which went with each answer.

Afterwards she said it was really fun and could we do that for all her times tables :-)


Angela Manton said...

Love it!

Misty Brown said...


Fiona said...

Brilliant and well done Hannah.

We do a similar thing but I write answers and questions on the plastic tops from milk cartons, hide them around the garden, and time how long it takes Sofie to find them and arrange them in order.

I have added the water balloon idea to our Summer list!

San said...

Brilliant idea!! Will have to try this for Benedict as he finds learning and remembering times tables, boring!! I also thought the bottle top scavenger hunt a great idea too, thanks for sharing.

san xx