How to Make Your Own Multiplication Wheel


Make your own multiplication wheel with a few simple materials!  Your child will have a hands-on, visual aid to help learn the times tables with this Paper Plate Multiplication Wheel.  Such a great way to see the patterns when multiplying!

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.

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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.

Multiplication Idea for Kids

What you need:

  • paper plate
  • yarn
  • marker
  • scissors

Multiplication Idea for Kids - multiplication wheel

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!

Multiplication Idea for Kids - multiplication wheel

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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