Science For Children

Five Times Tables, (otherwise known as)

5 x tables

5 times tables

Games and Stories to help with learning multiplication.


Supported by home

Times Table Stories Currently Available

two times
five times
ten times
four times
three times


Here is the link to the Amazon page to read the story about the two times table


Here is the link to the Amazon page to buy the story about the five times table


Here is the link to the Amazon page to read the story about the ten times table


And here is the link to the Amazon page to buy the story about the five times table





"I am a homeschooling mom of 3 (ages 8,9 and 10), and I found your stories on the internet after much searching for a way to help my 9-year-old daughter learn multiplication. She just didn't "get it" until we started reading your stories. She and her younger brother love them. It makes learning times tables fun. So, a big, gigantic thank you from me and my kids.”

 Christina Florizone, Canada



Five Times Table Games and Stories

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Cakes and Butterflies

A story about learning the Five Times Table

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This is a story about how Danny Starbright learns the Five Times Tables whist having an adventure, and without realising he is learning.

In the first story of the series, Ice Cream and Spiders, Danny encountered a variety of characters including a witch (a nice one who can produce ice cream from thin air), a cat called Cassandra, a slightly nasty spider who has just eaten her husband, and a beautiful dragonfly, who all contribute to his understanding of numbers and how to double them and so enabled him to effortlessly learn the two times table.

During this adventure Danny learns the principle of multiplying by five which is a quick way to add numbers together five times - hence the 'times tables'.

The story is designed to connect visual imagery to numbers so that it becomes easy to learn and understand the principle of multiplication.

Cakes and butterflies has been used by teachers and home educators worldwide  to help children to understand the principle of multiplying by five and has received excellent reviews:

The five times table story, Cakes and Butterflies is now Available for Amazon Kindle - click the image below:



Here is an extract from the story - it is taken from part way through in order to give an indication of the writing style, so it starts in the middle. The full story does have a proper beginning, and a good ending, and lots of information about the five times tables and how easy it is to learn them!


Five butterflies fluttered past, their blue and red wings flashing in the sunlight.  To Danny's amazement, they were flying in formation.  They made a sort of square shape with one in the middle, just like five spots on a domino.  

Swooping and diving they looped the loop, and as they flew, patches of blue and red light spilled off their wings and splashed onto the ground around Danny.  

They flew to the bottom of the garden, over the low wall and into the woods. Danny couldn't take his eyes off them and scrambled over the wall after them. He'd never been over the wall before, and he knew he wasn't supposed to, but he thought it would be all right to go just a little way.  

Once over the wall they seemed to fly faster and Danny found it hard to keep up.  Before long he lost sight of them as they fluttered up into the treetops, still staying in the same pattern.  

He turned to go back, but he'd been so busy running around after the butterflies that he hadn't paid any attention to where he was going and had no idea which way was back.  

"That was stupid." Thought Danny.  He had been enchanted by the butterflies, but now they weren't there he just felt cross. He was lost in the woods where he wasn't supposed to go, and he was going to be late for tea, all because of some stupid butterflies.  

He had no idea which way to go, so he set off along a path and hoped it would lead in the right direction.  

"It must go somewhere." He said thinking aloud. It did of course go somewhere, but it wasn't the somewhere he was hoping for.

Before long he reached a small cottage standing in a clearing. It was a strange shape, and Danny realised that it had five walls instead of four. It was very old, and had five small windows and a door of solid oak.                                                   

Five chairs sat around a table in front of the house, and in one of them, fast asleep, slumped a small strange man. His brown curly hair rested on his shoulders, his beard was bright ginger, and he was dressed from head to foot in blue and red patchwork. He reminded Danny of the butterflies; only the colours didn't spill off in the same way. Even his boots were made from patches of blue and red leather, and his patchwork hat had five coloured bells on it.  

Cautiously Danny approached.  "Ahem, excuse me, he began.

The little man awoke in an instant.  

"Splendid.  A visitor!  Have you come to stay for long? I don't often get visitors these days." He jumped to his feet and danced a jig that made the bells on his hat play a tune. "Do sit down. My name is Frolly. What young sir is your name?" His bright blue eyes twinkled beneath his bushy brows as he bowed.  

"My name is Danny, and I'm lost and I need to find the way back to my granddad’s cottage." He replied in a rush.  

"It's not always so easy to go back, you should have been more careful." Frolly looked serious for a moment, but quickly brightened up.  

"Are you good at riddles?" He asked.  

"Not particularly." Danny replied.  "Look, I don't want to be rude, but really I just want to get back, you see ..."                                     

"Well if you want to get back, then you'd better listen.  You can't expect to enter an enchanted wood and be able to walk out again just like that. You have to pay a forfeit, and solving a riddle or two isn't much to ask is it?"  

"I suppose not." said Danny, "But I didn't know the wood was enchanted and I ..."   

 "Well it is." said Frolly. "Now Try this."  

Sometimes it's so slow it can seem to stand still

It can be quite boring if you have some to kill

It can never go backwards, although it can fly

It can last a whole life, are you ready to try?  

Danny thought.  Well tortoises are slow, but they don't fly and he wouldn't want to kill one. Birds can fly but not slowly.

His teacher, Mr Grimshaw was certainly slow, and boring, but nothing quite fitted.

"Give up?" Asked Frolly "oh dear, we'll never get you home at this rate.  Try this one.  The answer is almost the same.  

There's dinner and breakfast and supper and free

And past and lesson and Christmas and tea

School and table and lesson and bad

Bath and bed and happy and sad.  

Danny thought. He felt he knew the answer but couldn't quite get it.  He felt hungry and wished he was back with granddad having tea.

"Of course!" Cried Danny. "Tea time! And dinner time and

lesson times and happy times and sad times.  They're all times! And the first riddle is about time too. Going slowly and having time to kill and time flying."  Danny felt very pleased with himself.        

"Splendid!" Exclaimed Frolly and he danced a little jig which made the bells on his hat jingle and play a little tune.  

"Can I go now?" Asked Danny, thinking about granddad’s cakes. "I'm expected back, and Granddad will worry about me." He added.  

"Not so fast," answered Frolly  "I hardly ever get visitors, and we haven't had tea yet."  


Click the image below to read the rest of the story, and learn what if has to do with multiplication tables:

Alternatively you can bore the children to death with endless repetition of

'once five is five, two fives are ten, three fives are fifteen, four fives are twenty, five fives are twenty five, six fives are thirty, seven fives are thirty five, eight fives are zzzzzzzzzzz ...

Which is all very well, but by this point any active thinking will have been switched off, and although the five times table will get hard wired into most young brains in this way, children won't have enjoyed the experience, nor will they necessarily understand what the five times table is for, how it works, and why they are learning it


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