Kids struggling with multiplication? Make it easier with this hands-on **gem multiplication game!**

This game allows kids to see how multiplication is just a faster way to add. This simple game shows kids how to multiply beyond the times table and shows how grouping can help solve more complicated multiplication problems. The pretty gems just make it a whole lot more fun!

## MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE THE GEM MULTIPLICATION GAME:

- Plastic gems
- Paper
- Pen

My daughter is pretty good at multiplying single digit numbers, but she still struggles with multiple digit multiplication. I came up with this gem multiplication game to help her see how grouping can be used to solve more complicated multiplication problems. The gems were perfect for this activity because the package we had included several hundred gems, which is perfect for hands-on multiplication challenges.

The set-up for this activity is simple.

I showed my daughter how a multiplication problem written out can also be transformed into a grouping problem.

In our example, we’re solving 7X4, but previously, we also solved a bigger number. This game works for all kinds of problems.

I showed my daughter to make one number the “groups” and the other number the “gems.”

We made four groups and put seven gems in each group. Then, I had my daughter count how many total gems there were.

I also showed her how she didn’t have to complete every group, which is how multiplication works.

We did this for several numbers, and even for double-digit multiplication problems.

After we solved the multiplication problems the long way, I also had my daughter estimate the answers to multiplication after she got the hang of grouping.

She was able to make educated guesses that were pretty close to the actual answer.

If you wanted to make this more game-like, you could give points to the first person to correctly group and answer each problem, or give a point to the closest estimation to the real answer.

Sharon Sloat says

I appreciate all of your activities. They are awesome and my students enjoy them!