Multiplication Battleship is a fantastic game to get the brain going. It requires players to use:
- strategic thinking
- recollection of multiplication facts as well as
- fine motor skills.
What's more, it's fun!
The Objective of Multiplication Battleship
... is for players to locate their opponent's ships by using coordinates (x & y-axis).
Materials Needed for Multiplication Battleship
To play Multiplication Battleship, you'll need:
- two printed game forms per player. You're welcome to download them from here.
- lead pencil (to draw ships)
- red pencil (to record location 'hits')
- blue pencil (to record 'misses')
- a divider.
A game divider needs to be placed between players so that neither can see the game sheets of their opponent. The idea to is work out where the opponent's ships are using a process of elimination. Therefore, players cannot look at each other's game sheets.
We made our divider simply by propping a small whiteboard upright using wooden building blocks. Simply but effective!
Preparing for Multiplication Battleship
Players begin by drawing their battleships on their blue grid. Our boys really enjoyed this part of the preparation as it involved drawing ships with as many details as they liked. One drew battleships from a side view while the other drew them from a birds-eye-view.
Each player needs to draw four ships, each of varying lengths:
- one ship = 2 grid squares long
- one ship = 3 grid squares long
- one ship = 4 grid squares long
- one ship = 5 grid squares long
Once the battleships have been drawn, the blue playing sheet is set to one side to be referred to during play. The green playing sheet is used to record all attempts at finding the opponent's ships.
How to Play Multiplication Battleship
Players take turns to call out different coordinates in an attempt to locate their opponent's ship. This involves reading one coordinate from the x-axis and another from the y-axis.
The x-axis runs horizontally across the page. To help players remember which is the x-axis, this may help ... The x-axis runs across the page because 'x' is the shape of a cross.
When calling out the coordinates, the number on the x-axis always goes first, followed by the number on the y-axis.
Players must complete and write the multiplcation fact, in the appropriate coordinate square, before asking for confirmation of a 'find' or a 'miss' from their opponent.
Once a player has called out the coordinates, his/her opponent declares whether the coordinate is a 'hit' (i.e., their ship is located at that particular coordinate) or a 'miss' (their ship is not at that coordinate).
The player marks (on their green playing sheet) whether they coordinate was a 'hit' (by colouring the square with a red pen) or a miss (by colouring the square with a blue pen).
Play now moves to the next player who repeats the process of:
- completing the multiplication fact
- calling out the coordinates
- marking 'hit' or 'miss' by colouring the square red or blue.
The Winner of the Multiplication Battleship ....
... is the player who correctly locates all of their opponent's ships first.
We greatly enjoyed playing this game. I loved the fact that it utilized multiplication skills in a strategic game. It really got the brain cells bustling!
We'd love to hear how you enjoy playing Multiplication Battleship. You're welcome to leave a comment on this post or on our facebook page.
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