This winter-themed multiplication game is perfect for reviewing the times tables 1 to 6 and can be played solo or against other players. Each player will need their own set of items to build the snowman but you only need 2 dice no matter how many players you have. So here it is a Build a Snowman Multiplication Game ideal for practicing and reviewing the 1 to 6 times tables.
Materials Needed for your Build a Snowman Times Tables Game
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Paper or Card scraps to make a nose and scarf (I keep usable pieces in a box for activities like this where I just need a little bit of coloured paper or card)
Compass or 3 different circles
Preparation Make your Snowman Parts
For each player -
- Draw 3 different sized circles on the white cardstock.
- Cut a carrot shape either from orange paper or colour it in orange.
- Out of black cardstock cut a top hat shape for your snowman.
- From coloured paper or card cut a scarf shape.
- Cut two stick arms from the brown paper.
Download and print out the build your snowman game rules which will provide you with which pieces go with which answer when you multiply the dice together.
How to Play Build A Snowman Multiplication Game
Single Player Game
- Roll the two dice and multiply the numbers together.
- You need to have a 4 or 6 or 12 answer to start building your snowman as these are the body parts.
- Once you have all of the body parts you can then add the other parts as you go roll the correct number.
- If you roll the same number twice you have to wait until you get a new number.
This makes great practice as although the dice are fair you may find you repeat the same numbers time and time again.
We used our fingers to work out the times tables - doing 6 x 1 is 6, 6 x 2 is 12 as it's one of the areas we are working on at the minute.
Multiple Player Game
Same rules apply - but now it's a race to build the snowman first.
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