## Hard Times : Times Tables Practice

##### Hard Times : Times Tables Practice by transum.org

This is a fun way to bring back pupils focus to the learning of timer tables after a break or simply use for daily practice.

There are five activities to choose from.

Hard Times Plain Game :This is a game for one or many players. Click on a card to see what it contains. Click on a second card and if the two cards make a pair you win them.

Hard Times Matching : Tiles with answers are dragged to their corresponding tables sum.

Hard times Multiple Choice : like the name suggests players drag the tile with the answers to the sum that fits.

Hard Times Tug’o’War: By answering correctly the marker on the tug of war rope will move a little. The objective is to pull the marker past the yellow marker post on your side of the game. Incorrect answers cause the marker to move in the opposite direction. Read the instructions!

Hard Times snap : can be played using  keyboard letters or by clicking a button on a tablet.

##### All About Christmas by Topmarks.co.uk

As always the guys at Topmarks have put together a really well presented package. There’s everything you need to know about Christmas contained here…

You can find out why Christians celebrate Christmas and explore the timeline of the Christmas period from Advent to Epiphany.

From the story of the Nativity to individual sections about Advent, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Epiphany and even how to make Christingles, all aspects of the formal side of the festival are covered.

The section on customs covers Santa Clause, Christmas carols, card, Christmas pudding, Christmas trees and mistletoe.

Finally there is a host of activities with Christmas Games, Songs and stories and ‘how to’ advice on the production of cards, Christingles and even a dancing Rudolph!

You can get the low down on Santa, his reindeer and the elves as well as a whole host of puzzles and printables to see you through the madness that occurs once the Christmas postbox comes out… 🙂

## Time : Analog Clock Puzzle

##### Time : Puzzle Pic Clocks by mathplayground.com

This puzzle presents the user with 12 analog clocks showing different times.

A digital time is given under the array of clocks and the object of the game is to drag a piece of a jigsaw to the matching analog clock in the puzzle.

The ‘fast forward’ arrows allow the user to start a new game at the current level. The bars in the bottom left hand corner of the puzzle allow the user to select a level of difficulty.

This would work equally well as an interactive whiteboard activity or on individual tablets or desktop computers.

The game works well even on my elderly iPad…

## Broken Calculator

##### Broken Calculator by Transum.org

A fun activity with some thinking necessary…

Children are asked to click the available keys on the ‘broken’ calculator above to make the numbers 1 – 20. As  each total is achieved the calculation used to achieve a given number will appear in the table on the right.Those who manage to make all twenty totals earn a ‘Transum Trophy’ – a certificate sent to their email (or their teacher’s email if they wish!).

Unlike a normal calculator, for this activity, you cannot use one total you have found to help make another. Each calculation starts from scratch (zero). I also noted that any multiplications are treated as though they are in brackets… they’ll figure it out! Try to make each total using the fewest number of calculator key presses.

Other broken calculators are available from the links within the activity: 1 & 5,  2 & 3,  3 & 4,  4 & 5, 5 \$ 2

The activity is tablet friendly and plays well on my elderly iPad mini.

## Shape : Creating Squares

##### Shape : Creating Squares by wild.maths.org

In this game, each player takes it in turn to put a dot on a grid. Whoever manages to deploy four dots that can be connected to complete a square is the winner.

The game can be for two players or a single player can play against the computer.

Once you’ve played the game a few times (and lost!) against the computer you begin to look for the strategies the computer is using to beat you and use them against your opponents.

Who knows, you might even beat the computer one day?

This game works well on tablets – even on my old iPad! A great activity to fill a few minutes at the end of a session or at the end of the day in the couple of minutes before the bell rings…

## Times Tables : Tables Master

##### Tables master Transum.org

Tablesmaster is a great way for students to practise individual times tables.

Played it every day it will help improve numeracy skills, mathematical proficiency and mental strength.

All times tables are included from 2x up to 13x (for the show-offs!)

There is also a printable page on which to record personal best times for completing times tables activities.

This activity is tablet friendly and plays really well on my elderly iPad.

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