How to Make Your Own Multiplication Wheel

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My son has never struggled with the idea of skip counting or repeated addition, but that big word, "multiplication" can be a bit scary! However, worry not!  I came across this super great idea to help your child learn their multiplication facts with a Multiplication Wheel.  I think it would really appeal to visual learners who need to see and kinesthetic learners who need to touch in order to understand concepts.

Learn multiplication facts with our Paper Plate Multiplication Wheel-- great for visual and kinesthetic learners!

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I love frugal ways to teach concepts, and by using just a couple of materials you probably already have on hand {or can get quite cheap}, your child will have a hands-on way to practice his/her multiplication facts!  It is a great visual to see the patterns of multiplication.

Cool Math Multiplication Game for Kids


What you need:

  • paper plate
  • yarn
  • marker
  • scissors


To make your multiplication wheel, begin by evenly spacing the numbers 0-9 around your paper plate, with 0 at the top.  Next cut two slits at each number  to create a tab that the yarn can be held by.

Cut a long piece of string and now you are ready to multiply!
For the wheel above we worked on multiples of 3.  Begin at 0 and count by 3's, all the while working on multiplication facts-- 0x3, 1x3, 3x2, 3x3, 3x4, 3x5, etc.

Once you get to double-digit products, the numbers around the paper plate becomes the number in the ones place; for instance, 3x7=21, so the yarn would be looped through the 1.

Work on a variety of facts all the while notice the shape pattern forming!

Have fun!

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