DIY: K-Cup Multiplication

March 2, 2015

Multiplication can be difficult to master for an elementary student. Let's face it, sometimes we grown-ups have trouble remembering too! For kids who learn best through hands-on playing, here's a fun way to work on math facts AND repurpose some K-Cups in the process.

After cleaning out the coffee grounds and filters, I grabbed a blue and red marker. On one side I wrote the factors, with the "twin" factors on the other side.


Inside the cup, I wrote the product (answer) for the factors. It's a little bit of a stretch with the marker, but it worked well. You'll notice I underlined the answer to prevent confusion. We wouldn't want our little one to think 2 x 5 = 01, right?

I completed the stack for 2's and 3's for my then 1st and 2nd graders. You may decide to do them all the way up to 12's. In our local homeschool co-op, they do multiplication up to 15's. Wow!

I added different stickers to the tops of each set. This helps you remember to which stack they belong, in the event the cups get separated.

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1 comment:

  1. This is such a great educational idea. I will have to share this with my teacher friends. What a great way to recycle K-Cups. Smart idea!


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