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Multiplying alone can bring some children to tears. I know when I was younger I hated to multiply and divide.

They were 2 of the several chapters every year I dreaded after 2nd grade. Sure adding and subtracting were easier for me, but I learned that multiplying and dividing I gained the answers faster. Once I finally was able to get the hang of it, my teachers threw in a wrench that drove me to despise math for an entire school year, integers. The wonderfulness of needing to add, subtract, multiply or divide negative or positive numbers, in any format.

Eventually, my teachers helped me understand the concepts and now I am pretty darn decent at math. Now I'm not the best at math concepts, but I do know enough to get by and with me in college again, I've even had some of my fellow classmates come to me and say “Hey, I need to get with you after class! You seem to get this stuff and I'm struggling.”

Struggling with math doesn't need to happen and making sure our kids get the best hand at these concepts is extremely important.

When I started homeschooling my oldest son, math was a subject he really struggled on. We transitioned him back to mainstream and found an awesome teacher who helped him GET math. My youngest, he's been a math wiz for years. He loves it, so much that he wants to become a math teacher. However, there are days he still struggles with some concepts, multiplying integers can be one of those struggles at times.

Kid doing math - multiply

I want to give you an awesome and pretty cool card game that helps your child learn how to multiply integers.

The folks over at came up with a card game using just a standard deck of cards, something everyone has on hand. If your house is like mine, you have several decks that are missing one or two cards that could easily make at least one full deck. Check out below what you need and how to play this pretty cool card game that you're kids will love and will help you help them with their multiplication concepts.

Integer Flash

Here's a great two-player card game which will definitely engage your child while practicing multiplying integers. Learning how to multiply positive and negative whole numbers is an important skill that your child be using outside of the classroom as often as they do while they are in it. This challenge will have them finding the correct products in no time!

What You Need:

  • Deck of cards with the face cards (jacks, queens, and kings) removed
  • Two players

What You Do:

  1. Shuffle and deal the deck of cards face-down equally to both players. Explain that for the purposes of the game aces = 1.
  2. Tell them that each red card symbolizes a negative integer, and each black card symbolizes a positive integer.
  3. For round 1, ask both players to turn over a card at the same time and show its face up on the table. Whoever announces the correct product, (answer), aloud first, wins both cards. If there’s a tie, both players can keep their cards.
  4. Players continue until one of them has all of the cards.
  5. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins!Integer Flash Card Game

Helpful Hint:

Here's a quick cheat sheet to remind players how integers work:

3 x 3 = 9

-3 x -3 = 9

3 x -3 = -9

-3 x 3 = -9

Do your kids struggling with multiplication concepts?

What other fun games do you do with your kids that help them in math?

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