The Malteser Game
You Will Need...
A bowl of Maltesers, or other small chocolatey treats
A stop watch
Some flashcards (see below for how to make them)
How it Works...
The aim of the game is to answer the multiplication question within five seconds, to earn a Malteser. You can make this game competitive and pit players against each other, but this only really works if you have a group of children of similar ability.
The players take it in turns to answer, with the Quizmaster holding up a card and starting the stopwatch. You can select a time that is most appropriate for the age and ability of the child or children, but we find five seconds is about right. You want to make it a challenge, but not too difficult, as to leave the child feeling discouraged.
Making Your Flashcards
To make card-sized cards, begin with a sheet of A4 card, fold in half, then cut along the fold, repeat the folding and cutting sequence twice more, until you achieve the optimum size for flashing!
Next, using a felt tip or marker, write the sum for the multiplication on one side of the card and the answer on the other. Unless you are a Multiplication Master, in which case, you won't need the answer! This is quite time-consuming, so we concentrated on two tables each week, so we only had to make 24 cards a week, until we had a full set. We went up to 12 with our tables, but you could go up to ten to make it easier.
And that's all there is to it. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
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