You can use pictures, symbols, or manipulatives to illustrate number facts using arrays. Using manipulatives will help tactile learners.
Here are some examples of fun inexpensive manipulatives to use to make arrays.
|Gummi Bears Array (5x2) - 5 Rows of 2|
You can use LOTS of different inexpensive manipulatives to demonstrate multiplication facts using arrays.
|(5x2) 5 rows of 2 - M & M Array|
|(5x2) 5 rows of 2 - Smarties Candy Array|
|(5x2) 5 rows of 2 - Butterfly Punched Shapes Array|
If you have a punch, the kids can make paper shapes to use in their arrays.
|3x2 - 3 Rows of 2 - made with dinosaur shapes|
Here are a few more examples.
|5x3 - with eraser dice - purchased at Dollar Tree|
|5x3 with gummi bears|
|5x3 with M & M's candy|
Students might also like to draw and label their own arrays with crayons, markers, etc. after they have used the manipulatives.
|3x3 - 3 rows of 3 = 9|