My youngest is now learning the Multiplication Tables; I can’t believe he is already going into Grade 3 this September! Are your kids also learning/practising multiplication? This post will show you how to easily make Outdoor Education fun with a Multiplication Practice DIY using your Cricut machine.
I remember the process of teaching multiplication to my oldest and how turning practice into a game always made a big difference, so I decided to make a quick, easy and fun tactile matching game for my youngest to practice some of the multiplication he is having trouble memorizing.
What I love the most about this game is that we can take it outside while they are playing in the backyard, the park, in the car, or on the go!
For this project, you will need some basic materials. First, I created a game sheet base with some multiplication problems. I laminated it for durability, but if you don’t own a laminator, you can use a plastic sheet protector instead to make the game sheet dirt waterproof. You will also need your Cricut cutting machine, small wood discs, vinyl, transfer tape, and a Cricut Scraper.
I made a FREE printable PDF file that you can download if you want to use the same practice problems. Click here to download it/print it. You can also use your own and personalize it to match the exact size of your wooden discs. Ours are 5cm, and we purchased them from Amazon.
For this project, I also used my brand new Cricut Maker 3. The latest, most powerful smart cutting machine from Cricut yet. I am so impressed with how fast the Maker 3 cuts. It is so smooth and fast, you guys! Up to 2x faster than their other machines. If you are looking to get a new Cricut machine or upgrade, I highly recommend you look at the Cricut Maker 3 here.
Once you have printed and laminated the multiplication problem sheet and have all the answers ready, you can personalise the wooden discs with the answers.
Below are all the easy steps to make the multiplication answer discs.
Outdoor Education: Multiplication Practice DIY with Cricut
1. Create a project on Cricut Design. Add Text, type the answer numbers to the multiplication table problems on your base sheet. Size the numbers to match the size of your wooden circles. 2. Cut the images on vinyl (follow the prompts on the screen). 3. Use a Weeder tool to remove all the negative pieces of the vinyl. 4. Use transfer tape and the scraper tool to apply the vinyl cuts to the wooden pieces.
You are done! So easy!
1. Create a project on Cricut Design. Add Text, type the answer numbers to the multiplication table problems on your base sheet. Size the numbers to match the size of your wooden circles.
2. Cut the images on vinyl (follow the prompts on the screen).
3. Use a Weeder tool to remove all the negative pieces of the vinyl.
4. Use transfer tape and the scraper tool to apply the vinyl cuts to the wooden pieces.
Next, remove the negative pieces of the vinyl, use the weeder tool if needed.
Get your transfer tape ready and transfer the numbers to the tape.
Now apply the vinyl cuts to the wooden discs.
Repeat for all the numbers.
You are now DONE! So fast and easy!
If you end up doing this project, let me know how it turned out. Of course, you can make multiple sheets as well for other math problems.
This has been a fun matching game to help him remember his multiplication tables, and my son loves it!
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