Creativity Exercise # 079-maxplication chart

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Maxplication Chart x 2

Let me introduce you to the maxplication chart.

Will you please have a critical look at this chart and forward me your comments, particularly pertaining to its use in primary schools.

The chart multiplies one to nine, 9 nine to one and all the combination numbers in between by two.

I have designed the chart up to the 12 times table and then one master chart that cover all in one chart.

Study the above chart and multiply all the numbers listed separately by using the chart only. (no electronic devices)

The layout below will give you a better understanding of the mechanics of the chart.
The exercise is a good test of cognitive function, an excellent brain exercise and great as a creative teaching and learning exercise for both teachers and students (primary schools.)

Example 987 x 2
7=4 + 1.
8 = 6 + 1 = 7 + 1
9 = 18 + 1 = 19
Answer 1974

Maxplication Chart x 2-buzzbrain


  1. Hi there,
    Your exercise seem pretty simple as are the instructions but i have to admit that the maxplication was quite challenging for me, and I didn’t quite get it (owing to my brains surely), could you please enlighten me as to how you got that result. That being said, I think this kind of exercises would definitely work at school as it would challenge the kids and working as a group, i can see them getting engaged and excited about being the first group to get the right answer.


    1. The exercise is showing the path to the answer 987 x 2=you start with the 7-2×7=14 , the next step is the placement–4. , What happens with the 1?-you add it to the 2×8=1=17- got it? Please continue and thanks for visiting.


  2. This is a bit of a BRAIN BLOW! So excellent! I have home schooled our children for the past twenty plus years, and I’m always interested in new and exciting ways to exercise our brains. This does it! I really appreciate you taking the time to develop this site and share it with all of us. Great work!


    1. Thank you; how can I get more home schoolers to use the website. There are also some easier exercises on more suitable for primary school children ; they can enhance cognitive function.


  3. Hello dear Courtney!
    At first glance, this exercise seems pretty easy and simple and your instructions are very detailed! However, I’m not sure how some students who are not very good at math could understand and do this. Today I’m going to explain it to my students and see how it goes! I’ll give you an update soon!


    1. Thanks; the exercise is not so much about math, good cognitive function and creativity.Please try and give me some follow up.


  4. No one likes a good brain teaser more than I do. On the other hand, sometimes a teaser seems more like a never-ending labyrinth.

    I don’t claim to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. I was completely stumped by the chart. I understand how 987 x 2 = 1974 but that’s the only part I understood. I have no idea how you got to 987.

    You asked for comments about its use in primary school. As someone who often substitute teaches in primary schools, my honest opinion is it’s too confusing.

    I’m not knocking your system. It’s probably brilliant, although I couldn’t understand. Maybe primary school kids are smarter than I realize, or at least smarter than me.



    1. Thanks for visiting, try to remember the 360 rule, this is simple to read ; think vertically. Its funny we were taught to multiply without knowing the dynamics. this chart explains the why and the how.Have another go- think vertical.


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