Donut Math: A Fun Way to Practice Multiplication Facts

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Hi everyone!  It's Kim again from Elementary Antics!  Today I'm going to be sharing a fun math game I liked to use in my classroom to quickly practice multiplication facts everyday.  Shortly after I started teaching 3rd grade my coworker told me about this and we call it Donut Math.  

Donut math is such a fun, interactive and easy game for your kids to practice their multiplication facts!

It's so simple!  All you do is make several poster board "donuts."  Then, number around them 0-12 (or whatever facts you want your kids to know and practice) in random order.  You can laminate them if you want for durability.  Just use a magnet to attach the donut to your whiteboard.  Tell students they have 60 seconds (or whatever time limit you want to put) to solve all the problems around the donut.  Put any number (1-12 for facts) in the middle and students start solving!  Students can time themselves individually or compete with each other.

Donut math is such a fun, interactive and easy game for your kids to practice their multiplication facts!

I would do donut math every morning on my whiteboard.  I usually had about 4 or 5 set up.  Each group would send up one member, I'd put a number in the middle and they'd solve in the time limit.  Afterwards, we'd check them and they would earn group points for their correct answers.  The kids loved it!  I love this game too because you can make it work for any facts- you're doing 1's, 2's & 5's facts in class, then just put those numbers in the middle.  Easy peasy.  You could even use this as an interactive center- just put a stop watch with it.  The kids can time themselves and try to beat their times, race each other, or set up their own contests. 


Donut math is such a fun, interactive and easy game for your kids to practice their multiplication facts!

I really hope this is something you can use in your class!  Check out my TpT store for more math resources. Happy Thanksgiving!

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