Working with arrays is a way to help visual learners understand multiplication. An array is simply an arrangement of objects in rows and columns, so they are very useful with this math skill. We build on the knowledge that 3+3+3 is the same as "3 groups of 3" is also the same as 3x3.here}.
Hands-on Multipication Array
Using an egg carton and glass pumpkin gems, we practiced multiplication facts by building several seasonal pumpkin patch arrays. However, you can build an array with many other types of manipulatives, too!
Simply build several rows and columns using the glass pumpkin gems. Begin by having your child create his/her own and/or have your child build arrays using numbers you call out.
For the image below, I have 3 rows of 3, which when written as a multiplication sentence is 3x3.
4 rows of 6 is the same as 4x6
More Pumpkin Themed Learning Activities:
- Free Pumpkin Shape Matching Game by Life Over C’s
- Second Grade Noun and Predicate Pumpkin Activity by Sugar Aunts
- How to Carve a Pumpkin Writing Prompts by Still Playing School
- How to Set Up a Pumpkin Engineering Task Your Second Graders Will Love by Thriving STEM
- Pumpkin Seed Place Value - Subtraction Math Fact by Rainy Day Mum
- Shapes on a Pumpkin by Preschool Powol Packets
- Pumpkin Math Fact Pick and Solve Sticks by Creative Family Fun
An array is a wonderful way to explore multiplication! If you are looking for more ways to practice multiplication, check some other activities we have shared:
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