Weights, Balances and Multiplication

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 3.42.44 PMMany children are fascinated with balancing objects, and you can use this to an advantage in your multiplication lessons!  Matific has some great episodes for kids to practice and explore multiplication with simple riddles using weights and scales, like Weighing Riddles.
hangerbalance1-1If you don’t have a computer in class, check out this fun idea from Kids Activities Blog. First, you can create a balance by taking two applesauce cups and attaching them to strands of yarn. Then, you connect the strands of  yarn to the two sides of a hanger and there you go, you have a simple balance! Now that you have a balance you can experiment with different materials and equations.