The 38 challenge - make times tables easy!

The 38 challenge - make times tables easy!

Welcome to the 38 Challenge - our free and fun times tables practice activity.

We wanted to show how effective a little extra times tables practice at home can be. And, to help parents support maths learning, as we know what a difference this support can make to learning outcomes.

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The 38 Challenge is a 3 step activity that will help children towards achieving instant recall of times tables - and truly mastering this important foundational maths skill.  

It's designed for children who have already started to learn times tables and there's a certificate for each child who completes the challenge.

Child ready? Let's begin!

Not ready? No problem, simply bookmark this page or  to send an email reminder

STEP 1 - prepare the mind

How many times tables do we have to learn? Fewer than you think.

There are fewer times tables to learn than you think. Watch the video to find out:

So you can see there are only 38 times tables to learn, and you will soon know them all!


STEP 2 - do the practice

Practice times tables in order to learn them.

The practice grid will help you get ready for the 38 Challenge. Use it as many times as you like, until you can complete each one correctly and quickly! 

And if you need a little extra help, the times tables grid has all the answers so print it out and refer to it for the first few goes, but gradually move away from it.

Why is speed important? When you've really mastered your tables you'll be able to answer very quickly getting them right all the time. Once you've done this you'll know them for the rest of your life!

The Practice Grid

Click on the 38 Orange Squares and answer the question. If you can complete in under 5 minutes, you're ready for the 38 Challenge Quiz!


Looking for an answer sheet? You'll get one here


STEP 3 - take the 38 Challenge Quiz and get your Certificate!

Now take the times tables practice activity

Great! You're now ready to take the 38 Challenge Quiz!  

To begin the quiz you'll need your parent to register - this is because we email your certificate to them and let them know how well you have done.

Take the 38 Times Tables Challenge Quiz


Well done for taking the 38 Challenge!  If you didn't do as well as you'd like, don't worry. Just come back, use the practice grid and take the quiz again. 


I'm Ged, Co-founder of Komodo, ex-maths teacher and dad. If you have any questions please get in touch.

As a maths teacher, I can't stress enough how important it is for children to master their tables. When learners are able to fluently recall their tables it frees up working memory for applying maths to solve problems. 

About KomodoKomodo is a fun and effective way to boost primary maths skills. Designed for 5 to 11 year olds to use in the home, Komodo uses a little and often approach to learning maths (15 minutes, 3 to 5 times per week) that fits into the busy routine. Komodo users develop fluency and confidence in maths - without keeping them at the screen for long.

Find out more about Komodo and how it helps thousands of children each year do better at maths - you can even try Komodo for free.


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