Multiplication Puzzle


You can help your child to recall the multiplication basic facts.   

What you need:

Puzzle board. (PDF, 26 KB)  You can print this or make your own.

What to do:

Cut out the puzzle and give the pieces to your child.
Ask your child to arrange the pieces back into the 3 by 3 grid so that sides of the touching pieces match. For example, 5 x 5 needs to match 25.
Two hints you may wish to give your child:
  • When the puzzle is complete none of the pieces will be orientated so the numbers are upside down.
  • The piece with 2 blank sides belongs in the top left corner of the puzzle.

What to expect your child to do:

To use their multiplication basic facts to solve the puzzle. 


Make your own puzzle. Puzzles where every fact has a different answer are easier to solve.

He Kupu Māori:

upside down
jigsaw puzzle
hono (a)
whakarea (tia)

He Whakawhitinga Kōrero:

  • He rite tēnei ki te pangahono. (This is like a jigsaw puzzle.)
  • E iwa ngā kāri hei honohono māu. (There are nine cards for you to put together.)
  • Honoa ngā kāri kia hāngai tonu ia whakareatanga ki te otinga e tika ana. (Put the cards together so that each multiplication aligns with its answer.)
  • Hei tauira, me hāngai tonu te whakareatanga o te ono ki te waru (6 x 8) ki te whā tekau mā waru (48). (For example, the multiplication 6 x 8 should align with 48.)
  • Whakareatia te ono ki te waru (6 x 8), ka hia tēnā? (Multiply 6 by 8. How many is that?)
  • Ko te kāri e wātea ana ētahi taha e rua, koia te kāri tīmatanga – me whakatakoto ki te kokonga runga mauī. (The card with two blank sides is the starting card – it should go in the upper left hand corner.)
  • Kāore he tuhinga porotēteke i ngā kāri. (None of the writing will appear upside down.)

Download a file of this activity:

PDF (288KB)