Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Time Tables Jigsaw Puzzles, By Knowledge Builder - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Innovative resources to learn multiplication in a FUN way! 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Recommended age:  7 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Kids who are learning multiplication, or who want to discover interesting patterns/ strategies about multiplying numbers! 

Mathematics used to be THE subject that I dreaded most; it was dull, confusing, and had too many “rigid memorising” that didn’t make much sense to me back in school. I am truly grateful to Knowledge Builder for sending me this “Time Tables Jigsaw Puzzles”, and opening my eyes to the colourful patterns hidden in numbers that I never knew existed! 

Why I love ❤️ this set: 

(1) 4 Jigsaw Puzzles - Included are 4 sets of 27-piece jigsaw puzzles - each can be assembled into a multiplication table in grid format which shows us the strategies, patterns and relationships of the numbers using colours! The first puzzle shows us that the order in which numbers are multiplied does not change the answer (eg 7x5 is same as 5x7, the two “35” in the grid are both in orange and placed diagonally to each other, separated by a purple “boundary”). I love that it uses a simple technique to demonstrate something that should be a “common sense” but so easily missed! 

(2) Discover Patterns - The puzzles encourage the kids to ask questions and find out the “pattern”. In the second puzzle, all the “0” are in red (showing us the pattern of “any number multiples by zero equals zero”). The time table for 1 is highlighted in orange (demonstrating the simple rule that “any number multiplied by one remains the same”). 

(3) Doubling/ Halving Strategies - The third puzzle teaches us the “doubling” and “halving” strategies by grouping the related time tables in the same colour. For example, multiplications for 2, 4, and 8 are in the pattern of “doubling, doubling and doubling again” (all marked in red), and the 5 times table is essentially the “half” of 10 times table (both in green). 

(4) Interesting Multiplication Facts - The 4th puzzle taught me a new interesting “checking” method. In a 3 x table, the digits in each number always add together to form a pattern of 3,6,9,3,6,9 😱. In 9 x tables, the digits always add up to 9. Again, the patterns are cleverly linked up using colours. 

(5) Colour-Coded - Each of the jigsaw puzzle is colour coded on the reverse to make it easy to identify each set (eg all the pieces belong to the first puzzle are printed in green on the reverse). I also love the sturdy storage box! 

Another awesome product! 

# gifted in exchange for review 

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