Use hands-on math lessons to introduce key math concepts so kids really understand. Try this math lesson that uses blocks as a way to explain what factors are to children.

## Easy lesson to explain factors

In this activity, from our *Fun Math* curriculum, we’ll explore different ways we can make a number using multiplication.

For example, what different pairs of numbers can we multiply together to make 20?

These numbers are called the factors of 20.

Which numbers are they?

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## In this activity, your children can:

:: be introduced to the concept of factors

:: use hands-on manipulatives to visualise factors

:: develop fine motor skills

## Materials needed

:: twenty blocks (or other small items) per child / pair of children

## Introducing factors

Give each child or pair of children 20 blocks. We’re starting off with one group of 20.

Write down 1 x 20.

Have them split the blocks into two equal groups. Share them out and they’ll have two groups of 10.

Write down 2 x 10.

Split the blocks into four equal groups. Share them out and they’ll have four groups of 5.

Write down 4 x 5.

Take a look at the numbers you have written down. 1, 2, 4, 5, 10 and 20 are all the factors of 20.

## Extend the understanding of factors

Have your children repeat the activity using other numbers so they become familiar with the concept of factors and working out what the factors of a number are.

Stick with even numbers (12 and 8) to begin with.

Then introduce odd numbers where you cannot begin by splitting the blocks in half. How would you split up 9 blocks into groups?

Explain that factors have to be whole numbers (no halves or other fractions).

As you can’t divide 9 by two, what grouping could you share it out equally into?

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