Science For Children

Times Tables, Maths Games & Multiplication

Help with Leaning Times Tables for Children

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Here is the link to the Amazon page to read the story about the ten times table


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Learning multiplication tables or times tables is not something that all children find easy. By using math games and stories with a strong visual element, children can learn through fun and creativity.

These stories are primarily entertaining tales that are enjoyable to listen to or read, and the principles of multiplying are introduced in a covert way so that the child not only learns the principles and mechanisms of multiplication, but develops an understanding of how a knowledge of times tables can be useful in everyday life

Times Tables Maths Games & Multiplication

Help with Numeracy and Leaning Times Tables for Children

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Learning multiplication tables can be interesting, creative and fun, and above all, effortless. For over twenty five years Professor Paradox has been on a mission to make children laugh, and to make learning maths and science an enjoyable experience,

Paradox Theatre has created a series of math games in the form of adventure stories that are age appropriate for children at each stage of learning, to coincide with both reading ability and stage of learning tables and arithmetic.

The stories take place in a magical land where the hero Danny Starbright encounters a series of characters, and finds himself in amusing (and occasionally slightly scary) situations, where his newly discovered understanding of multiplication can help him.

Instead of learning times tables by rote, in these stories Danny not only learns how multiplication works, but how it can be useful as a short cut to multiple addition. And so the readers learn the mechanism of multiplication, and how it might be useful in their own lives.

Numbers are abstract and some children find this quite difficult, so these stories make a strong visual connection to the numbers that children can relate to and remember. A connection is then made between the right brain hemisphere that processes images, and the left brain that processes numbers and language. Two three's are six might not mean a lot, but if a child imagines a coloured fish that has three stripes on each side, then the abstract concept has meaning.

The Numberland tales is a series of adventure stories written to entertain, amuse. and inspire children to take an interest in numbers, mathematics, arithmetic, and above all to learn times tables easily. But because they are just adventure stories and the educational content is delivered covertly, the reader or listener engages with the story and learns along the way without realising it.

Titles in this series

Ice Cream and Spiders

In the first story, Danny he meets a talking cat, a nasty spider, an old woman who can magic up ice creams, and of course a horrid teacher who is not like any of the teachers children encounter in school these days, but who makes a good story character so that the reader identifies with the hero Danny Starbright.

Cakes and Butterflies

In which Danny meets a funny man called Frolly and  learns the five times table and also reinforces his understanding of the principles of multiplication, in particular that multiplication is a means of  addition: Multiplying by five is the same as adding the same number five times, but is a lot quicker. He also gets to scoff a lot of very delicious cakes

The Queen of Tentown

Not surprisingly here the story is about learning the ten times table, featuring the bossy Queen Beatrice, her accountant Bliggins, and some tooth-smashing rock cakes. This story goes on to further reinforce the principles of multiplication, and how useful the ten times table is for counting money.

Blarts and Bogies

The two times, five times and ten times table are all fairly easy, because we can easily double up, and counting in fives or tens comes fairly naturally to humans, however this is not so of counting in threes. Two, five and ten appear often in the natural world, and particularly in our own bodies, but apart from trilobites and a few leaves, the number three is rarely found in nature. In this, a longer story written for slightly older children who are starting the three times table, Danny enters a darker world where the three legged creatures called Blarts inhabit a bizarre  world based on the number three. He gradually learns to think in threes, but ends up in a frightening situation that he can only escape because of his newly acquired understanding of the three times table.

The Four Wishes

A comic tale involving four silly knights in search of treasure, a scary dragon who turns out to be quite friendly, and a very bossy little princess. During the course of this adventure, Danny learns a lot about how paying for supplies for four knights involves a lot of multiplication by four, and so he learns the four times table. While the knights make a mess of everything, Danny uses his newly acquired knowledge of the four times table to outwit the dragon who is quite happy to be relieved of the bossy little princess that Danny ends up rescuing.


"Professor Paradox's excellent book uses a story filled with interesting characters to introduce and explain the concept of multiplication in a form which children will both understand and enjoy.  With help from friends as diverse as Cassandra the Cat, a grumpy water boatman and a decidedly unnerving spider -not to mention his neighbour, Old Belinda - Danny Starbright learns his two times table and triumphs in the tables test at school."

"By creating a deceptively simple and engaging narrative in which Danny progressively meets creatures or natural objects in pairs, the author gives his young readers a framework to underpin their understanding of the concept of multiplication.  I believe this book will be both enjoyed by children and welcomed by teachers and parents who are eager to make the path of learning as enjoyable a journey as possible."

Fiona Collins, PhD, Educationalist and School Governor

"I am a homeschooling mom of 3 (ages 8,9 and 10), and I found your stories on the internet after much searching for a way to help my 9-year-old daughter learn multiplication. She just didn't "get it" until we started reading your stories. She and her younger brother love them. It makes learning times tables fun."

o, a big, gigantic thank you from me and my kids.  Christina from Canada


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Professor Paradox

Professor Paradox (Mike Rawlinson) is a former research scientist, teacher, and artist, who has worked as a children's entertainer for over 25 years.

He primarily works in Schools performing educational shows with an emphasis on science and the environment. He is currently touring a show to stimulate curiosity and interest in science KS 1&2

He is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique.


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