For the two times tables, wrap the yarn or string around the nail at the two, then around the nail at the four, then around the nail at the six, etc. Continue this process until you reach 24 (2 x 12). For the three times table, wrap the yarn or string around the three, the six, the nine, etc. until you reach 36, (3 x 12). You will see a different pattern. If you make all the patterns, you will notice that there are repetitions. What is the pattern of the repetitions? We will leave that discovery for you and your children.
If you would rather not gather all the materials for this project, we sell kits in The School Store which includes the board, the pre-marked circle, sandpaper, nails, and a piece of yarn. This is everything you need but the hammer and the paints.
The picture at the side is of the two times pattern. If you click on the picture, it will get larger. We have each of the students make a set of patterns and tables in a book. For each table there are two pages. The first page has the title, for example, " The Two Times Tables". On the back of the first page is the pattern of the table, similar to the top of the picture on the left. On the second page, the student writes out the equations, similar to the bottom of the picture on the left. A sample of the pages for the four times table is available here
. A blank form that can be used for each of the times tables in this book is available as a PDF file - here