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You'll find a variety of free printable times tables worksheets below. We know from feedback and experience that you probably want PDF, and decent quality, so that's what you'll find here.

Each of our times tables worksheets was designed by a children's illustrator and a teacher who are passionate about supporting the education of children around the world, especially those who can't afford expensive books and resources.

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1-12 times table worksheets for kids

All our worksheets are designed by a professional children's illustrator and a former teacher who are passionate about children's education...they're all free because we care about creating a quality learning experience for all... especially in schools with less funding, and families with less disposable income.

Our free printable times tables worksheets in recommended order 

The times tables worksheets below are for the numbers 1-12. Of course, there is no perfect order to teach the times tables. Lots of different experts put in a good argument for slightly varying approaches.

That said, most agree that 1, 2, 5, and 10 become before any other numbers. Likewise most agree that 3 and 4 come before 9, 6, 7, and 8 for example. Some prefer to teach 8 before 6, 9, and 7 and some do it after. 

Bearing in the mind the basic idea at play here... that certain mental math skills make certain other ones easier... maybe it's a good idea to be flexible and pay close attention to how each child is getting on, allowing for helping adjustments. 

Usually 1, 2, 5, and 10 first 

Starting with 1's, 2's, then 5's and 10's is considered to be a good solid foundation for other times tables later on. 

Various realisations and learning will occur during this stage:

  • Multiplying by 2 gets the same result as when you double a number (learnt in the previous year)
  • Multiplication can be thought of as repeated addition. 
  • Multiplication can be done in any order. i.e. 2 x 3 and 3 x 2 has the same result 
  • Kids will start memorising multiplication facts helping make more challenging sums easier
  • Children will start to get to grips with the symbols for multiplying (x), division (÷), as well as the sign for equals (=)

Can your students become fluent in the multiplication tables for 2, 5 and 10? 

Usually 4, 8 and 3 Next

Now there is some solid foundation in place with basic multiplication, 3's, 4's and 8's become possible.

The connection between the 2, 4, and 8 times table can start to be established thanks to former learning and doubling. If I know that 2 x 3 = 6, and the new sum is 4 x 3, then I can double the answer I know. Then at some point 4 x 3 will become known as a multiplication fact and so on and so forth... 

Doubling is helpful because children are also taught to count up in multiples from 0. 

Usually 6 and 9 Next

By now kids are half way to being able to recall all their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. As 6 and 9 are multiples of 3, this becomes possible. 

Finally 7, 11 and 12

Multiplying by 12 was shown in a study to be the trickiest of all the times tables, and the hardest single sum was 8 x 6. 

the 11 times table is of course relatively easy to pick up... using the times it by 10 and add one more trick. 

What mental gymnastics will they do to work out the 7's? By now they'll certainly have all the foundations required to take on these more challenging final times tables. 

More about the worksheets above 

When you go through to the page on each times table, you'll find lots of varieties of worksheets to practice multiplying by 1-12... color by number, multiple choice, writing numbers in a sequence, lists of times table questions, and more... 

In total there are 9 worksheets for each times table and most are available in black and white for those who want to save ink and maybe do some coloring as well. 

Whether you want to test yourself on your multiplication facts or work through times tables problems at your own pace, you'll find printables for 1 times table, 2 times table, 3 times table, 4 times table... up to 12 times table.

How and when to use these free printable times tables worksheets

Whether you want to help your students learn their times tables quickly, or help them memorize their multiplication facts you can use the worksheets above to help support them. 

These printables can be used in school, in homeschool's, or to give your kids extra practice at home. 

Kids tend to learn their times tables when they are 7-10 years old, in grades 2, 3, and 4. This is however, just a guide and lots of different children have lots of different ways. For all kinds of valid reasons, some children may be "behind" the average learning pace... It's certainly never too late to start or re-start learning. 

We'd love to hear what you think..

We know that schools in different areas can work very differently. We value your opinion... Please let us know what you think of our free printable times tables worksheets. It would great to know if we're on the right track or if there is anything we can do to better support you. You definitely know best and we want your actual experience to guide the work we do! 

Paper Saving Tip

How about laminating these worksheets so you can use them again and again? Simply use a dry-erase marker and wipe off after use with a wet cloth. Great for the classroom, home-schooling, or for lots of practice at home.

We appreciate that schools around the world all work in different ways, at different paces, and do things in different orders. We acknowledge that many different ways of learning can work well, different approaches being more suitable in different cultures and contexts.  We believe that sooner is not better than later, and faster is not better than slower. We wish to support everyone in the way they work so if you work differently and we can help, please do get in touch.