Noughts and crosses

How to play

Noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) can be a great way to practise recall of facts, particularly for younger learners. Just draw a grid with a fact you want to use in each square, then play as usual, answering the fact before you can place your nought or cross on it. If you already own a noughts and crosses set, write the facts you want to practise on paper to put in each part of the grid.

Noughts and crosses sets (or just the noughts and crosses pieces) can be bought from Etsy or Amazon.

Blank grids – Create your own game

2, 5 and 10 times table – A multiplication and division grid for each times table.

2x, 5x, 10x using commutativity – A grid for each x table, with some facts shown as 2x rather than x2 etc. The final grid uses the commutative property to focus on the trickier x7, x8 and x9 facts.

Doubling & halving – Practice doubling/halving with numbers up to 20, then apply this to doubling/halving multiples of 10.

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