Science For Children

Two Times Tables, (otherwise known as)

2 x tables

2 times tables

Games and Stories to help with learning multiplication.


Supported by



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


Currently Available

two times table

five times table

ten times table

four times table

three times table










Two Times Table Games and Stories

Ice Cream and Spiders

A story about learning the two times table

To receive notifications of when the stories are available free, follow #paradoxtheatre on twitter or 'like' Professor Paradox on facebook

This is a story about how Danny Starbright learns the Two Times Tables whist having a lot of fun, and without realising he is learning.

In the first story of the series Danny encounters 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.

During this adventure Danny learns the principle of multiplying, in this case doubling numbers, and comes to understand the usefulness of simple multiplication. He returns to class able to recite the two times table, much to the amazement of his horrid teacher Mr Grimshaw. Mr Grimshaw is a horrid man who, unlike the wonderful teachers who make up the majority of teachers in infant and primary schools today, is nasty and spiteful, thus providing an archetypal anti hero, so that the hero of the story is able to triumph and providing an essential role model in the form of a child who learns his tables. Danny also learns in a simple way that being able to multiply and is empowering and has uses beyond the classroom.

The story is engaging and enjoyable and carries the information without formal teaching to the reader or listener, enabling the child to learn through play, experimentation and activity.

Ice Cream and Spiders has been used by teachers and home educators worldwide and has received excellent reviews such as the following:

"I read this story to my six year old grandson once, before he had started tables at school. To my amazement he got the principle of multiplying by two immediately, and, with a little hesitation, was able to recite the two times table up to twelve."

The Two Times Table Story, Ice Cream and Spiders is currently available in digital format on Amazon Kindle.

To buy a copy for less than you'd imagine click on the image of the book

"Professor Paradox's excellent book uses a story filled with interesting characters to introduce and explain the concept of multiplication in a form which children will both understand and enjoy.  With help from friends as diverse as Cassandra the Cat, a grumpy water boatman and a decidedly unnerving spider -not to mention his neighbour, Old Belinda - Danny Starbright learns his two times table and triumphs in the tables test at school."

"By creating a deceptively simple and engaging narrative in which Danny progressively meets creatures or natural objects in pairs, the author gives his young readers a framework to underpin their understanding of the concept of multiplication.  I believe this book will be both enjoyed by children and welcomed by teachers and parents who are eager to make the path of learning as enjoyable a journey as possible."

Fiona Collins Phd Educationalist, School Governor and Former Teacher


Or if you would like to know what you are buying first, you can read a short extract below

This extract is a section of 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!

 Danny set off towards the meadow feeling completely bewildered by the old woman's strange talk. He thought that she must be some sort of witch if she could make ice creams appear from nowhere.

 "I simply multiplied by two." He heard her call after him.  He couldn't reply, as he was too busy keeping up with melting ice cream. "You get double the number you started with. It's not difficult."

 Danny reached the stream and sat down to finish the ice creams, which seemed to taste better and better with each lick.

 "Have you got it yet?" Purred a soft voice next to him.

 Startled, Danny looked up to see a large ginger cat sitting next to him licking her paws.  Before he could answer the cat moved closer and licked the last dribbles of ice cream from Danny's legs, which tickled and made him laugh.

 "Got what?" asked Danny. "I got two ice creams, but that Belinda is barmy and talks in riddles, and she might even be a witch."

"Twice as many ices as you started with." mused the cat.

 "Don't you start, said Danny, but the cat ignored him.

 "Now how many legs do I have?" asked the cat as she stood up.

 "Why four of course."

"Which is twice as many as you.  Or twice two, if you see what I mean. And by the way my name is Cassandra, but my friends call me Cassey Cat which I think is rather cool. She stretched, and arched her back, and looked cool in a cattish sort of way.  

Danny wondered why everyone kept saying twice and was about to ask when the cat continued.  

"Look into the water and tell me what you see."  

Danny looked and saw several colourful fish floating by.  

"Fish." said Danny simply.                               

"And what about them?" asked Cassandra with just a hint of impatience.  

"Well they've got eyes and fins and a mouth and tails and three stripes down each side and.."  

"Aha.  Three stripes you say?"  

Danny counted again.  "Yes three."  

"Three on each side?"  


"And how many sides does a fish have?"  

"Two of course." Danny was getting fed up with this silly cat and wished she'd go away.  

"So how many stripes does each fish have?"  

"That's easy. Six."  

"Precisely, it's twicely.  Three two's are six, purred the cat.  


Click the image below to read the rest of the story:


  Copyright Paradox Theatre 2011 - All Rights Reserved

     Thee Numberland Tales / Ice Cream and Spiders Copyright Mike Rawlinson 1998 - All Rights Reserved    

privacy policy     Contact    terms


Professor Paradox

Professor Paradox (Mike Rawlinson) is a former research scientist, teacher, and artist, who has worked as a children's entertainer for over 25 years. He is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique.

He primarily works in Schools performing educational shows with an emphasis on science and the environment. He is currently touring a show to stimulate curiosity and interest in science KS 1&2

For more information follow the link:

Science Show for Schools

"For me it's not so much a matter of making learning fun, but making fun educational"