*Inside: Take multiplication learning beyond rote repetition with this printable Multiplication Strategies Mat for cementing a child’s understanding of the relationships between a range of multiplication strategies.*

With a third grader in our home, learning about multiplication is well and truly on our agenda. As well as learning to recite the multiplication facts tables, Miss 8 is also learning a range of multiplication strategies for solving math problems.

If you’re looking for ways to support your child’s multiplication learning, with an emphasis on making the learning fun and engaging, today’s **printable Multiplication Strategies Mat** is great for developing a child’s understanding of the relationships between a range of multiplication strategies.

Some children struggle with memorisation of number facts (I was one of them!) and providing tools that help children realise there are a number of different ways to approach solving a multiplication problem helps them to better understand how multiplication actually works.

Once they learn and understand a few different strategies, they will indeed have a stronger foundation for learning to remember and recite multiplication facts.

**How to Use the Multiplication Strategies Mat**

The Multiplication Strategy Mat requires the child to draw/make and write to represent a multiplication problem as four different strategies – equal groups, arrays, repeated addition and skip counting – as well as recording the problem with the correct answer as a complete number sentence. This helps the child to actually manipulate, see and better understand that multiplication is actually all about combining equal groups together to find a total amount.

The strategies included are;

**Equal groups:**The child can draw dots or shapes to represent the equal groupings or use small manipulatives such as beads, buttons or unit blocks. I suggest laminating the printed mat and using a whiteboard marker for the drawing and writing tasks.**Array:**An array is a group of objects arranged into rows and columns. Again, this can be drawn or made with manupulatives.**Repeated addition:**The child is learning that by adding the second factor (or number) repeatedly, you can solve the problem. The first factor tells you how many time to add it.**Skip counting:**Counting by the second factor, the first factor tells you how many skips ahead to make as you count.- Write the full multiplication sentence.

The problem shown in the centre of the mat is simply a card drawn from our set of multiplication cards. You can grab a beginner’s set here, or check out our complete **Printable Times Tables Games Pack** which includes printable sets of multiplication cards for factors 1 through 12 alongside 150+ pages of print and play multiplication games.

**To print your Multiplication Strategies Mat**

**Download the strategy mat as a PDF file here:**
Multiplication Strategies Mat Printable. Print and laminate before use.

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Amy says

Love how this great idea makes for a personal marker board space right in front of the student ðŸ™‚

Cairn says

Thank you for the multiplication strategy mat!!!

Shanawaz says

Is there a similar strategy mat for teaching subtraction?

Christie Burnett says

Not yet but let me see what I can do!

Shanawaz says

The multiplication one is just awesome

Emmanual says

I love how these can be personalized! Here is another multiplication game to use https://teachersherpa.com/template/Double-Digit-Multiplication-Game/29be1733-3abb-49c5-ab3c-64234afb89ea/details?search=multiplication&afmc=c04fa8ca-4cbf-42ee-a565-8704396c7f64

Lestine says

Thank you for the multiplication strategy mar, Christine. I have been looking for something like this for a while.

Thanks again.

Judy says

I love these and will use them with students. My one suggestion would be to make the “problem” square in the middle smaller as to leave more room for working in the other areas.

Thanks again!

Maxine Sparkles says

Thank you for sharing such a useful resource. I know it will make a big difference to the children I work with.

Kiran says

Hello Christie! How do I get a copy of your multiplication mat! This is soooo lovely! It is perfect for my class <3

Springbudspreschool says

Hi Christie! This is absolutely mind-blowing, you have targeted the little champs crazy minds. Thank you for sharing your fantastic thought.