Students are introduced to multiplication in third grade. Everything is very hands-on and visuals are used to represent these math facts. They may include the following:

- equal groups
- repeated addition sentences
- number lines for skip counting
- arrays

**But what happens when students have a difficult time with simple skip counting?** You may notice that these students may ‘count on’ incorrectly. *You are teaching multiplication, but know that these students need to review basic fact strategies. *

I created this dominoes multiplication game to sneak in some basic fact strategies such as **subitizing**.

## What is Subitizing?

Subitizing is the ability to recognize how many pips, dots, or items there are without counting each one.

* (Affiliate Link) *In Making Sense of Mathtematics for Teaching Grades 3-5, the author explains that

**conceptual subitizing**happens when students are able to combine two amounts of items to determine the total without counting on or counting one by one.

I decided to create a multiplication game using dominoes, so students can practice subitizing.

## Multiplication Dominoes Game

Below is a picture of the * times 3* mat. The directions are as follows:

- Pick a domino card
- Use subitizing to count the number of dots on each side
- Multiply the numbers
*(example shown: 12 x 3)* - Place the domino card on the product

## Ways for Students to Show Their Work

I also include two work mats students can use to show their work. They can either **make equal group****s** or **draw an array** for those math facts they have not yet mastered.

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## 3 thoughts on “Multiplication Dominoes Game – Free Printable”

Love it!

Your graphic of the array mat for 12X3 is actually showing 13X3. I was trying to make sense of it, but 9 squares is labeled as 6. I thought you would want to know!

THANK YOU! I’ve updated the image.