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Now that EC has moved into Year 2 he has started coming home with time tables to learn. I know it is something that he will eventually learn as repetition is key, but rather than making him just sit down and re-write them I made this paper plate threading activity for him, which he seems to prefer doing than writing them out.

Originally I had planned to make one for each of the times tables, but I honestly didn’t want to sit there with the hole punch making masses of them. Instead I used just one plate with removable numbers. That way I can not only change them depending on what particular multiplication we are doing, but also change the order of the numbers. It just makes it slightly more challenging once he has got the basic pattern down.

You will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Ring reinforcements
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or an old shoe lace
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Scissors

The next items are optional, depending on if you want to make removable numbers.

  • Sticky Velcro dots
  • Laminator (optional)

On the rim of the paper plate make 12 holes all evenly spaced. If you have any ring reinforcements then stick those over the holes.

If you are going to make one plate per times table then cut a piece of paper to fit in the middle of the plate, N.B. if the plate has a waxy coat then you won’t be able to write directly onto the plate and will need this piece of paper.

Write the answers onto to paper so that they corraspond to one of the holes.   In the Centre of the plate write which times table it is.

If you are going to use changeable numbers then place Velcro dots next to the holes that you have created.

On a piece of paper write out all the answers to ALL the times tables and cut them out. I used different colours for each times table.

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If you have a laminator you may want to laminate your numbers so that they last longer, but it isn’t necessary.

EC figuring out what comes next.

EC figuring out what comes next.

When your little one is using it they have to threat the ribbon through the holes in the correct order.

Pin for later:Help child learn their multiplications and skip counting with these lacing paper plates.

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Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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