Fact families are essential to helping children understand arithmetic. And it enforces their math facts. And writing numbers using other numbers and operations is also a way to practice and understand arithmetic.

### Introducing the Variations on Numbers Series

I found a new tool for the iPhone called Vine. It allows users to record six second snippets of video,

### All the rest…

- One – he multiplicative identity. 1 x anything gives you back that “anything”
- Two – the first prime number. And the only even prime.
*Coming Soon* - Three – the first odd prime. The “magic number” according to Multiplication Rock.
*Coming Soon* - And so on… (I’ll add more as I create them)

### Use it with your kids

Instead of playing “I spy” or 20 questions, try playing Variations on Numbers. One player chooses a number and then take turns giving variations of that number. Have fun and don’t forget to share your experiences in the comments!

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