Table Legs


Times table: 

You can vary the speed using this slider:



Use this button to restart the animation from the simpler (lower) numbers.

Vary the visuals! Mix things up a little with one of the following variations on the Table Legs idea:

Photographs button
Number Photos

Numbers button
Mixed Numbers

Cards button
Playing Cards

Clock button
Clock Face

Manual button
Manual Version


Shine + Write | Transum Software

This is a visual aid designed to be projected onto a whiteboard for whole class exposition. It doesn't need to be an interactive whiteboard though of course that will make the resource more dynamic. The title "Shine+Write" suggests that the teacher or student can write on the whiteboard to enhance this visual aid.

Table Legs provide yet another way for children to practise their times tables. There's nothing wrong with getting the whole class to "chant" the answers as the broken finger moves up and down the screen. It is also an effective way to learn a new times table. The broken finger points the numbers in a predefined sequence, starting with the lower numbers, so that students can work our answers using mental addition at first until they start to remember the answers.

Table Legs

Children can make their own "Table Legs" from strips of paper or card. The numbers 1 to 10 are written on one side and the answers to the times table are written on the back. Children help other children to learn a times table by pointing to numbers (as shown in the picture on the left) and checking the response by looking at the numbers on the back of the card. They can be shown how to select numbers in a helpful sequence, dotting around the lower numbers and easy multiples at first until the other child is answering quickly and confidently.

Keep the Table Legs in the back of children's exercise books so that are readily available to be used regularly over a period of many weeks. Children could make one Table Leg for each of the times tables they are learning.

Here are some ready made "Table Legs" for printing if time is short.

How did you use this resource?
Can you suggest how teachers could present or develop this resource?

M Chetwynd, Durrington High School

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

"Really like it. It is a great settler and flexible too!"

Holly, Uk

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

"Great starter, but maybe instead of starting on the easy ones e.g. 2x something etc it could be 11x something? It will be more of a practice instead of waiting a long time for a Harder number to multiply with. ??."

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops?  It would be great to follow up this Starter with an interactive student activity below.

Laptops In Lessons

Here is the URL which will take them to other times tables activities.

Student Activity


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