Flower Fact Families

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A fact family is the relationship between 3 numbers that can be added, subtracted, multiplied or divided. 

For example: take the three numbers

3, 4, 12

They are a fact family.  Each above number has  a math "relationship" with one another. 

3x4=12       4x3=12     or

12 divided by 3 equals 4. 

12 divided by 4 equals 3. 

Flowers are a great way to practice fact families. And they look great on bulletin boards and hanging around your classroom.

Paint sample strips are a fun and colorful way to turn fact families into spring flowers! 

In this activity, I worked with my older student on the fact family:  4, 6, 24.

We wrote on the paint samples all the ways that 4, 6, and 24 are related in a fact family. Then we added a stem, and a flower center.



For my younger student, we chose the number 12 and used the Paint Samples to show all the ways we can add and subtract numbers to equal 12.




This was a great way to practice addition and subtraction and her final product was really cute!


Another great way to use paint strips is to focus on just the multiplication facts being learned!

Choose a fact you would like them to practice. I chose 7 for my student.

Then, have them write out each multiplication fact and answer on the paint sample strip.



These are just a few of the many ways you can use Paint Samples to create math flowers to teach Fact Families and practice Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. 

Brighten up your end-of-the-year classroom and hallway with this fun math project! 

Have you found a fun way to teach Fact Families?  We would love to hear from you!