Times Tables Books
Marilyn C. Dey
St. John the Baptist School, Healdsburg
Subjects: Science, Math, and Art. This activity combines a space science
unit and a multiplication math unit with Art.
paint in different colors
sponges cut in space shapes
- Paint containers for use with sponges
- Paint brushes
paper 12x18 in different colors
items (ribbon pieces, binding rings, yarn, etc.)
- Hole punch
- Assign each group one of the tables to do and have the children decide which
facts each will do.
- Using the fact 4x5=20 as the example, paint four groups of five shapes with
a sponge. It is important that the groups are distinct so the picture is clear
and avoids being confused with any other problem that equals 20.
- Using the paint brush, paint the number fact 4x5=20 at the bottom of the
- Make one page for each of the facts.
- Have each group make a cover for their book.
- Put all the pages aside to dry.
- Collect the dry pages in order, punch holes, and bind the books.
activity may also be used with addition facts. You can encompass any topic
by using sponges in different shapes.
you begin you may want to talk about number picture patterns. You can have
the children use the same pattern for each group or come up with a different
pattern for each group. (Five can look like a square with one in the middle,
like a house with a roof, a pentagon with equal angles, or five in a line.)
You may want to use a geometric grid pattern (four rows of five stars each).
the product is left blank at the bottom of the page the children can check
their answer with the picture as a more advanced practice.
can put the facts in multiple books (as in all the threes, all the fours).
These can be put in product order from least to greatest or mix them up for
out of order practice. You may want to mix the multiples for an advanced practice
binding you can laminate the pages so the book will last longer.
- Instead of binding into books you can display the pages on the ceiling for a multiplication
sky. This will look better if you use black paper and white paint only.
©   Deborah Padrick   2001