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    10 Mental Math Tricks for Kids

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    10 Mental Math Tricks for Kids
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    Math tricks can be entertaining and engaging for children, making them a great way to spark an interest in mathematics. Parents can use numerous math strategies to help their children improve their math skills. 

    Arithmetic tricks, in particular, can amaze children while also serving as a useful tool to have on hand.

    Recommended Reading: Top 7 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Child Love Math

    Here are 10 methods for kids to learn arithmetical skills:

    1. The Magic 8 Prediction Trick: This is a simple yet effective way for kids to practice arithmetic. Start by writing the number “8” on a notepad without revealing it to your child. Then, have them think of any number and follow the instructions in the correct order. 

    Steps 

    • Subtract 1 from the number  
    • Multiply with 3
    • Add 12
    • Divide by 3
    • Add 5
    • Finally, instruct them to subtract the number they first thought of from the result.

    This trick can help kids improve their mental math abilities.

    2. The Number Guessing Trick: For this trick, ask your child to think of any number between 1 and 10 and do the following:

    Steps

    • Multiply the number by 2
    • Add 10 
    • Divide the result by 2 
    • Finally, subtract the original number your child thought of from the last result.

    Now reveal the prediction to your child, and they will be surprised that the answer is always 5.

    3. Taking a deduction from 1,000: This math trick can impress kids and help them practice subtraction. You can apply this simple formula to subtract any 3-digit number from 1,000.

    Steps

    For this, subtract each digit of the number from 9, except for the last digit, which you subtract from 10.

    Example:

    1,000 – 556

    Step 1: 5-9 = 4

    Step 2: 5-9 =4

    Step 3: 6-10 =4

    The correct answer is 444.

    4. Adding and Subtracting Using 10s: Using this simple mathematical method, you can quickly calculate the sum of two-digit integers and gain a better understanding of place values and decomposition.

    Example:

    How will you find the sum of 35 and 43?

    Steps

    • Divide the numbers into tens and ones 

    35 = 30 & 5

    43 = 40 & 3

    • Add the tens place first: 30 + 40 = 70 
    • Next, add the one’s position: 5 + 3 = 8 
    • Add the two answers to get the total: 70 + 8 =78

    5. Rounding up the total: Rounding off numbers is a useful math tip for kids to help them with addition and improve their math reasoning skills.

    For example, what would you do if you have to find the difference between 535 and 85?

    Steps:

    • 535 will be rounded off to 500 by subtracting 35 from 535:  535-35 = 500

    Outcome 1 = 500

    • Subtract the second numbers: 35-85=50

    Outcome 2 = 50

    • Next, subtract the two outcomes to get the final answer: 500-50 = 450
    • The difference between 535–85 = 450

    6. Fast 15 Multiplication: Apply this method to multiply any number by 15.  

    How does this method work?

    Steps

    • Suffix 0 to the end of the number to be multiplied by 15
    • Next, divide that number by 2
    • Last, add the two numbers to get the final answer

    Example: Multiply 73×15

    Steps

    Suffix 0 to 73 =  730

    Divide 730 by 2

    730 / 2 = 365

    Add the two figures  

    730 + 365=  1095

    83 x 15 = 1095

    7. Obtaining Percentages

    Calculating percentages is difficult, but this trick can make it a child’s play. 

    What will you do if you have to find 35% of 12?

    Steps

    Multiply 35 x 12 = 420 

    Shift the decimal point two digits to the left 

    420 will become 4.20, or 35% of 12

    8. This birthday easy math trick is also an excellent way to improve arithmetic skills.

    Steps

    First, take the number 7

    Multiply it by the month of your birth

    Subtract 1

    Multiply by 13

    Add the day of your birth

    Add 3

    Multiply by 11

    Subtract the month of your birth

    Subtract the day of your birth

    Divide by 10

    Add 11

    Divide by 100

    9: Multiply from left to right: You want to multiply 235 by 7. Instead of doing the traditional long multiplication method, you can use the left-to-right method as follows:

    Example: 235×7

    200×7= 1400

    30×7= 210

    5×7=35

    1400+210+35=1645

    235×7=1645

    10: The trick of 11: You can use this method to multiply a two-digit number with 11.

    Example: 62×11

    Steps 

    6+2=8

    Place 8 between 6 and 2, and you will get your answer.

    682

    62×11- 682

    Mathematical techniques are a terrific approach to making math more enjoyable! Using their mental powers, your youngster will be able to perform complex calculations without using a calculator.

    These tricks can instill confidence in your students that they have never had before!

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    rose
    rose
    7 months ago

    How do I improve my child’s mental maths?

    Jane
    Jane
    7 months ago
    Reply to  rose

    Puzzles such as Sudoku, number crosswords, maths mazes and number riddles are all excellent ways of learning by fun and brain.

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