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With my oldest daughter working on solidifying her multiplication facts and my youngest daughter just touching on them and very intrigued by the process, we decided to take on a project that not only helped them to practice their facts, but fostered their understanding of the concept behind multiplication.

We started out by cutting a piece of canvas that we purchased at the local hardware store. We purchased the 4 x12 size so that we only needed to cut one side. We have plenty left for other projects—maybe a 100s chart next? Using our 4×4 piece of canvas, I used a tape measure to map out a 13 x 13 table in pencil. The girls wrote out all the numbers in pencil as well. It was great practice figuring out what numbers went where. They had fun counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, and so on. It really brought the concept home to them that multiplication is basically repeated addition.

Next, we brought the multiplication party outside and painted over the lines and numbers. We used washable tempera paints.

The girls were really glad that they had written the numbers out first. That way they could enjoy the painting process…

It was really satisfying to display the finished piece. We proudly hung it in our family room and it has already come in handy on a number (no pun intended) of occasions!

## Introduction to Multiplication by Khan Academy

With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.

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1. Great idea and I love how it goes with the overall colors scheme of the room. Such a laid back vibe.

1. Hi Adrienn – Thank you… I was very pleased when the girls suggested black and green for the numbers!

2. Laura says:

I love this idea! I’ll have to remember this for next year when my son tackles multiplication. What a great project to work on together.

1. Thanks Laura! It was really fun and beneficial…

3. I’m so glad that our kids are the same ages! ;o)
The first video is banned in Canada(?) but the second one is fantastic! I think the kids will really enjoy it. Once my son figures out that multiplication is a FASTER way of adding he’ll be even more excited about it!
xoxo
~ joey ~

1. Hi Joey – I thought of you when we were doing this project because we spoke about multiplication earlier this year. It is a difficult concept to grasp at first, but fun (and useful) once it starts to click!

4. Erin says:

This is a great idea! and, I just inherited a roll of canvas! game on!