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Multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000


The purpose of this activity is to help your child practice multiplying numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.

Link to the Number Framework:

Number Facts, Stage 6

What you need:

Game board (PDF,60KB) . You can print these or make your own.
Cardboard. (Old cereal boxes are good).
A die.
Piece of paper for each player.

What to do:

Glue the cards on to cardboard. Give a game board to each player. Players take turns to roll the dice. The number on the dice is the number of zeros in the number. For example, 4 means 10 000.
The player then writes on their piece of paper how they will use the dice roll to cross a number off their game board. For example, if a player rolls a 4 they can cross 20 000 (or any number in the 10 000s) by writing any of the following: 2 x 10000, 20 x 1000, 200 x 100, 2000 x 10, 20 000 x 1. Other players check the answer, if it is correct the player crosses off the answer. Encourage your child to use a variety of equations, for example x10, x100 and x100 during the game. The winner is the first player to cross off all the numbers on the game board.

What to expect your child to do:

To correctly multiply by 10, 100, 1000.


Players get another turn if the number on the dice is both the number of zeros in the number and the non-zero digit in the number. For example, if a dice roll of 1 is used to make 10, or a 2 is used to make 200, etc, then the player gets extra turn.

Related Māori vocab:

mataono tau
pīrori (~hia)
roll (e.g. a dice)
papa tākaro
game board
whakarea (~tia)

Download a file of this activity:

PDF (93KB) or Word (59KB)

Download a file of this activity including questions to ask in Māori:

PDF (118KB) or Word (61KB)

Download a Pasifika version of this activity:

PDF (35KB) or Word (508KB)