The Greatest Product

This is a fun maths game for two or more people

You need a dice and paper and a pencil

‚ÄčEach player draws an empty multiplication problem like this:

NEXT

You take it in turns to roll the dice. 

Each player must write the dice number in one of their boxes.

Repeat this four times until all of the boxes are full.

Then, each player multiplies the top 3-digit number by the single digit.

‚ÄčThe one with the largest answer (the product) wins a point.

Play five times to see who is the champion!

PARENTS

Watch your child and help them with the multiplication if necessary. 

As well as practising calculation skills, this game helps children to think carefully about which numbers to use and where to place them. This is related to 'place value', the idea that a digit in the hundreds place has a greater value than the same digit in the tens place. 

Encourage your child to think carefully when they are choosing where to place each dice number.

You can increase this level of strategic thinking by letting them roll the dice six times and then choose any four numbers to use.

As a further activity, you could challenge them to rearrange the digits to see if a larger product could be created. If you rolled the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4, which of these options would give the greatest product?

Share  what you have done with your teacher - write about what you found out, take pictures or post a tweet to your School.

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