Connects are a cute chain like toy. They can be easily attached, and manipulated for creativity and education purposes. They are so much fun that we could not help but use them for multiplication.
Fun Multiplication Games Using Connects
Give your child a multiplication example and have them show you as they undersatand it. In the example above, we did 3*3. The children had to represend this using different colors. They also had to link them together so the example is clear. A great way to visuallize what is going on.
The children had to come up with the mutiplication example in two ways and make observations. Here we had 2*5. Now that the children can see the numbers, they might observe how bigger numbers are easier to group and track. The key is to ge the children talking about the numbers and how they visually compare to eachother. This skill will be great for word problems.
Using an example, the children will have to design a peice of jewelry to wear for the remainder in class. Here we build a statement necklace using 4*4.
Connects are a small plactic link. They are easy to manipluate, yet work on kids fine motor skills. In addition, to the education we have seen, they are great for kids to be creative with. You never know what your kids will come up.
What are some fun multiplication games you played with your kids?