I am really disappointed in the level of teaching at our school. My eldest started Year 3 knowing almost all of her times tables due to a lot of hard work over the summer holidays in 2016, by the time she finished the school year in 2017 she barely knew half of them. Times tables are one of those things that you need to keep on top of yes it’s not just up to the school but we do these and other other work at home and with tutors and I also understand the importance of them having rest and relaxation time too. Learning times tables is not just about teaching children parrot fashion. Showing children the patterns that occur can improve their ability to learn their times tables and also help them solve related maths problems and this is best done in school using visual methods to ensure a good basic understanding on which to develop.

I am at it again with the times tables but this time I am trying working with both of my daughters.

Earlier this year I was selected to be a Rainbow Toy Tester!!!! OMG I know what an amazing opportunity and I must say I was super excited. By sheer luck they contacted me and said that they wanted me to review their Times Table Tray. Honestly it couldn’t have been better timing and naturally I welcomed the assignment happily.

The Times Table Tray arrived and it was beautiful. The brightly coloured blocks which have the times tables printed on one side and the answer printed on the other look fun and inviting for children not at all intimidating as one might expect from times tables. The blocks were all in a tray in order and colour coded by times table.

The block and tray are sturdy and a draw string bag is supplied to keep the squares in. The only adaption I would make to this product is for the bag to be sealable with a cord stopper on the string so you don’t need to tie it – I’m not the best at untying knots that the kids make. This is something we will get a lot of use from and I will also be able to use when my son is a little older.

We were not given usage instructions as it’s pretty obvious how to use it. You read out the the times table question using the blocks, the child tells you the answer and they can check if they are correct by turning over the sum. It’s set up in a way that children can also test themselves easily.

Now being me and having what one might term Peter Pan Syndrome I wanted to try and make using this fabulous educational tool as fun as possible so I thought up a few games for us to play.

The first game involved taking it in turns to choose a time table, say the answer and if we got it right we would keep the square if not it would be the next persons turn. This would continue with each taking turns until no squares where left. The person with the most squares was the winner.

The second game involved placing the squares in the bag and mixing them up. Then each player takes it in turns to take a square out of the bag and ask the player to the left of them what the answer to the times table was. If they get it right they keep the square and again the player with the most wins.

These sort of games can make learning fun and can also help create a little healthy competition which can help motivate children and speed up learning. Our school has incorporated a new teaching system for maths this year and I am hoping by the end of the year between us we will have taught both my daughters most if not all of their times tables.

Do you use teaching tools / games to help your children learn their times tables?

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I had not been asked to write about this product but to simply review it for Rainbow Toys and report back – which I did. I thought this was a great product and wanted to spread the word hence the blog post.

What a colourful and useful educational toy. Such a great way of making Maths fun.

It sure is. We love using this it’s so much nicer than writing them over and doing written tests.

What a great sounding tool to help your children learn their time’s tables and it sounds like it helps make it fun as well.

It does come in handy. They ask to use it!!!

Love this it looks so eye-catching so hopefully will make learning their time tables much more fun. I do love educational toys like this.

They make it so much more appealing to children when they look like this.

I still don’t know my times tables past 5. Seemed to have gotten by in life fine without knowing them either

It’s not quite the same now they need to know them as it also helps with fractions and division.

My son is quite good at his timestables but our school do weekly tests. This looks fabulous, I think I will invest for my younger two

I wish my school did them weekly too. They seem to be slacking ;-(

This is a nice way to make learning fun with children. I remember I used to have something like this when I was young. It is a pencil case with mathematical tables. It is also colorful like this. Learning indeed became fun.

Adding colour and making it a game ca really make a difference.

I hated learning my times tables at school and I bet this would have really helped out x

I bet it would. It makes learning much more fun.

I love this way of learning, looks colourful, much more fun, engaging and interactive too. This would make a great gift 🙂 x

It sure would. More parents are aware of the benefits of this sort of learning too which is great.

Looks like a great way to interest kids in the time tables!

It sure is!

This is such a cute and amazing product. So clever to add interaction and fun to learning times tables. I love the idea of mixing them up in a bag and needing to get the correct times table for the answer.

I thought it would make it a more fun way to do the times tables and it works a treat!

Aw how amazing that you were selected as a rainbow toy tester! This definitely makes numeracy far less intimidating and definitely more fun as well x

I know I was over the moon. It makes maths fun that’s for sure.

A wooden toy that fits in with OCD ways an learning and educational yes this toy is for me and my household love it

It’s wonderful isn’t it. Mine ask to use it when we do our timestables.

What a beautiful looking toy and one that is really educational too. I love it.

It does look great and the fact it helps with spellings is a big bonus.

What great creative ways you have found to use this tool – Disappointing that you have had to put so much hard work in rather than the school but it will definitely pay off.

It is shocking that the school isn’t doing their job but at least I know I can help my children.

That looks like a fun toy to buy and it’s educational too. I love the game ideas you came up with and it being bright and colorful , I’m sure it’ll capture the kids attention.

It really does make them want to do them.

I love pretty this looks, I think fun things and colour inspires learning! Great review 🙂

They sure do and it can help with them remembering them too.

We home educate and we learn a lot through songs – skip counting songs are a good way to learn times tables too

That can be a fun way to learn tables. Don’t forget to how them the patterns within the tables as that can also help.

What a fab was of helping reinforce the times table message! Way better than pen and paper!

It is a much nicer way to learn them.

I have to agree with you, if children don’t keep practicing the tables, they soon lose them!

I know mine did too.

This looks such good fun whilst learning which I think is always important to do!

I agree learning should be fun.

That’s so bad that the school have let something as vital as the times table fall to the wayside. I think this is a fab way to learn and it’s not like studying when it has a fun element

It’s shocking really. Last years teacher for my eldest was really bad.

When I’m old enough I want my mummy to get me this The Times Table Tray! What a fun way to learn x

It sure is a fun way to learn. I hope you get one.

Your post reminds me of the time when I was struggling to learn the times table and how hard I thought it was from 7 above. I remember my grandfather thought me an easy way to remember which worked really well at the time, but which now I forgot. This sounds like a great product to help children learn easier.

This adds an element of fun to the learning process which of course makes it easier to get children to get involved.

What a shame that the school isn’t up to par, but it’s brilliant that there are alternatives like this to get our kids to where they need to be or even give them an advantage. This looks like a great way to learn times tables! x

It sure is a great way to learn them and good fun too.

This is an amazing educational product and I’ve just hopped over and popped it into my Amazon basket!

Ha, I don’t blame you it’s blooming brilliant!!!!

I wish this was around when I was at school! Even to this day at 24, I don’t know my 6, 7, 8 or 9 times tables.

Those are the harder ones.