Have just checked out the bbc backpage site and there are some great tips on there.
My daughter already loves the 'nine times table finger rule' (For any who haven't come across it - Hold up hands with palms facing you. Number fingers 1-10 going from left to right. If you want to know e.g 3x9, fold down finger 3. Count the fingers on the left of folded finger to give tens i.e 2 in this case gives 20. Then count fingers on right of folded finger to give the units i.e seven. Add together making 27. Takes seconds to check once they've got it!)
I found a tip on that site for doing all
the tables higher than six(yes, really!) and i'm looking forward to showing her when she gets home (Of course I won't claim I made it up myself!)
Hold both hands up with palms facing each other about 10cm apart. Number thumbs as 6 then continue to number each finger 7,8,9 until the little fingers are 10 (could write on with pen to start with).
So, if you want to know e.g 8x8, touch the two finger 8s together.
Now count the two finger 8s plus all the fingers in front of this (two 6s +two 7s) in total making six fingers giving you your tens figure of 60.
To get the units, look behind the finger 8s that are touching. Multiply the fingers left on one hand by the fingers left on the other, in this case 2x2=4.
Add 60 +4 =64. Try it, it's much simpler than it sounds!
Could quickly solve the moments when the word-perfect table of last week is temporarily absent.
Then again, I could be the only one who didn't know this, so apologies if that's the case! Little things.......