DIY: Visualisation of Math Tables

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Don’t just work on mathematics…visualise it! As unique as it is engaging, this fun technique will make learning new math concepts fun for kids. Read on for all the details!

Visualisation for kids is key, especially when when you want to teach them a new concept or strengthen their concepts for what they already know. Math is no exception! Introduce your kids to the basics of fabrication, so that they create and explore projects with increased freedom and flexibility. Below is a fun activity that can teach children how they can visualize various concepts in mathematics – starting with the basics: multiplication tables. So, lets make some fun visuals to hang around in the house!

This DIY is ideal for kids 8 years and above! Follow the steps below, and add your own creative take to it!

Visualising the Math Tables

Let’s start with what “visualising a math table” even means. Start by taking a circle, and marking multiple points on it. You can have as many points as you want, but just make sure that they are evenly spaced.

The picture below has 72 points on the circle, and all of them are numbered.

Now, if you want to visualise the 2 times table, here’s what you can do. Draw lines between the points that have value of the multiplier and the result.

That means – if you take the below part of the 2 times table –
2 x 1 = 2 | 2 x 2 = 4 | 2 x 3 = 6 | 2 x 4 = 8 | 2 x 5 = 10

Draw lines between 1 and 2, 2 and 4, 3 and 6, 4 and 8, 5 and 10, and so on. If you continue doing this, you will get the visualisation shown below.

Here is a video outlining the same –

Now let’s see how we can make this with some tools!

Step by step instructions

Step 1 – What do we need

Start with the materials that we need. You will need Plywood, Compass, Nails (~50), Hammer, Scissors, Thread. All of these materials can be found in your local hardware and stationery store.

Step 2 – Drawing the base

Using a compass, draw a circle on the plywood. Then mark points on the circumference of the circle that are evenly spaced. The number of points does not matter, as long as they are spaced well. Once, that’s done – start numbering. Start numbering at 0 from the right most point, and continue clockwise. You will need to number the circle twice, this means once you finish numbering all the points, you’ll continue increasing the count and number the entire circle one more time.

Step 3 – Add the nails

Using the points you’ve marked as a reference, hammer the nails on the circle. Make sure that the nails are hammered well into the wood so that they remain secure, as you’ll be tugging on the nails quite a bit.

Hammering tip – keep the hammer perpendicular to the head of the nail, and hit it. This will ensure that the nail is well placed in the wood.

Step 4 – Thread the tables!

Take the thread and loop it around the nail numbered 0 a few times. This will be the starting point, and you want to ensure that it is tightly knotted to the nail. Once this is done you can start connecting the multiplicant and the result of the 2 times table as covered before.

So first, take the thread to the nail numbered 1, and loop the thread between 1 and 2, and then loop between 2 and 4, and so on.

Step 5 – What more?

You can do this visualisation with other tools, and other numbers as well! Here are some that were made with other materials like wood and vinyl –

You can also try making it with 2 colours, by alternating each line that you draw

Creating a picture for an outcome can help your kids reach the desired result more quickly while making the learning process more fun for them. Visualisation is therefore a key trick that you can have up your sleeve…it even makes an otherwise tricky concept like mathematics simple and easy to learn. And now that you know how to do it, all that’s left is to get it done and have some fun!

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