How to make factors super easy for kids?


Factors can seem boring and redundant. It won’t be surprising to see children losing interest as quickly as a ice cream candy melting in Delhi’s weather today.

I was anyway math-annoyed all the time in school. My school teacher made the subject really tedious to learn. No fun, only worksheets and homework all the time

But, I did not want that to happen to my son. So, I work day and night to create games and educational activities to make home classrooms fun. There should be at least one classroom kids should look forward to, isn’t it?

In this post, we will discuss 4 fun activities to teach factors to kids.

1. Color the factor

For this activity, you will need

  • Marker
  • Color pens or crayons
  • Paper

Call a friend of his to do this activity.

Using the marker, help your kid to write down numbers on a piece of paper. For example, write down from 1 to 30 in 6 rows (5 numbers in each column).

Something like this –

1 6 11 16 21 26
2 7 12 17 22 27
3 8 13 18 23 28
4 9 14 19 24 29
5 10 15 20 25 30


Playing this game is super simple. Ask your kid to pick up a color pen (you can use crayons too!) and ask to color a random number. Let’s say 12.

Now, let the other kid take a colored pen and circle all the factors of the number that was picked. In our example, we picked 12. So, the other kid will have to circle all the factors – 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1.

Switch the roles in each turn and let them have the fun. This activity will end once all the numbers are colored.

2. Treasure hunt

The objective of the treasure hunt is to find the factors of a given number.

Pick up a random number. So let’s say, we take 12. You will have to hide clues for 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1.

But, there is a twist. You have to put a bunch of numbers at each place and not just the right factors.

So, let’s say, they find the clue to 6.

At the place where you have hidden 6, also place 5, 7, 8 etc. The kids will have to understand the clue, reach the spot and pick up the right factor.

Assume the first clue is “the next number is under your favorite fruit”. So, you have to put 6 along with 5, 7 and 8 under Mango. He/she will pick up the mango to find all the numbers from which they have to select the right factor.

Isn’t this a great way to engage kids in learning and also develop their analytical ability?

3. Factor cards

For this activity, you will need factor cards as well as multiple cards. You can download it here and here. Print and cut them out.

Shuffle both the set of cards and place them side by side. Ensure that there is no confusion regarding which set is factors and which one is multiples.

Decide who goes first. The first player picks up a multiple card and places it face up. The same player goes onto to pick up the factors card. If the card drawn is a factor of that multiple, then you get another chance to pick up the card.

If the second card is not the factor, then you lose. Place both the card back in the set and shuffle it up once. If the second card is also a factor, then you get to keep all the three cards with you.

Turn goes to the next player.

The game ends when all the cards are matched. Whoever has the maximum number of cards wins the game.

4. Factors Tic Tac Toe

This is quite simple. Randomly choose a number. Let’s say 12 again.

Start playing tic tac toe. You have use the factors for the number before you can move on to Xs or Ys.

It will look something like this – 

There you go.

Which ones are you planning to implement? Do you have more ideas for simplifying factors for children? We will love to hear from you.


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