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Multiplication Investigation

Looking at a completed multiplication square with your child can really help them to understand and develop their knowledge of the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. Below are a few questions they could investigate by colouring the multiplication square.

Investigation One

Colour the odd numbers in the multiplication square.

  • Can you notice a pattern?
  • Are there more odd or even numbers in the multiplication square?
  • Do you know why?
  • What type of numbers (odd or even) must you multiply together to get an odd result?

How about an even result?

Investigation 2

Colour in the 9x table.

  • What patterns can you find?
  • Is the 9x table a little like adding ten and subtracting 1 each time?
  • How about the 11x table – what patterns do you notice?

Investigation 3

A square number is a number multiplied by itself. Can you colour in the square numbers?

  • What pattern do they make?
  • Can you work out what the next square number would be?