Classic Flash Cards
Do not underestimate the power of the tried and tested flash cards, especially when it comes to the mastery of the multiplication tables! These are not only very easy to make, but they are also handy and helpful.
Simply grab a few index cards, or you may opt to use old folders in different colors for an interesting variety. Just be sure not to settle for ordinary paper which can easily tear or get worn out over time (unless you have plans of laminating them!). With the use of thick colored markers, list one equation only in each card. You may also print out the equations. It's up to you, as long as you use a big font size. Furthermore, it is essential that you avoid adding any other text or even designs and fancy calligraphy. This will encourage kids to focus better.
Every day, you must quiz your child on the multiplication table using these flash cards. It would be good to concentrate on just one number as the multiplicand or multiplier for each day. For instance, on Monday, you use the flash cards that give the drills 2 x 1, 2 x 2, 2 x 3, 2 x 4, and so on. Or you can do the opposite by using the cards with 1 x 2, 2 x 2, 3 x 2, 4 x 2, and so on. Then on Tuesday, you can use the ones with the number 3 as the multiplicand or multiplier. Remember that it is important to start out like this before you do random review.
Create a routine at home for your flash card drills. You can do the exercise right before working on your child's homework for the day, before or after dinner time, or before going to sleep. It depends on you and your child as to when is more convenient and effective.
In addition, you can make the exercises more appealing by turning them into simple games. One game you can do is to put pictures on the other side of the cards that relate to your child's interests. Spread out the cards with the pictures facing up and let the child choose one card at a time to open and answer. If he or she gets it right, it must stay opened. If not, it has to be turned again. The goal is to have all cards opened. For a competitive edge, you can have him or her play with other kids, giving all participants the same number of cards.