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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?