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Least Common Multiple Game | 40+ Free Clip Cards

Are you familiar with least common multiple? Because we are going to play least common multiple game in today’s lesson.

What is a least common multiple? How it will help us? Or how it is necessary for our mathematical calculation?

You will find all the answers  in the following discussion. So, without any delay let’s play some exciting activities related to least common multiple game.

What Is the Least Common Multiple

Let’s break this down. First, we must know what a multiple is. A multiple is simply what we get when we take one number and multiply it by another number. (Just as a side note, multiplying by 0 does not count as a multiple.)

Here is an example:

4 x 1 = 4 4 x 2 = 8

And 4 x 3 = 12

So, four, eight, and twelve are multiples of 4 and of course, the list of multiples will continue as you continue to multiply by 5, 6, 7, etc.

Least Common Multiple

Now that we understand what a multiple is, it is time to explore what a least common multiple is.

Let’s say you have been given the numbers 6 and 8 and asked to find the least common multiple. What we are asking is to find the smallest number that is a multiple of both six and eight.

And it is simple to find. We begin by skip counting by six and eight, and then circle the first number we come to that both lists have.

6: 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48

8: 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48

Once the list is made, we can easily see that 6 and 8 have two common multiples (there would be more if you kept going)…..24 and 48. Twenty-four is the smallest number.

So, 24 is the least common multiple or LCM of 6 and 8.

5 Fun Activities Related to Least Common Multiple Game

Here, in the following section, you will find four simple and easy activities regarding the least common multiple game. The following discussion and the least common multiple game pdf  will help your student to enhance their skills in this topic.

Follow the instructions under each activity and solve all the puzzles. Let’s Start!!!!!!!

Activity 1: Match the Clips

In the following image, you can see three groups of numbers on three different cards. Each group contains two numbers.

From here, you have to find the least common multiple of each group. For example, the first group contains 12 and 16.

Now, to find the LCM, follow the following procedure. We can write the multiples of 12 as 12, 24, 36, 48, 60,… Similarly the multiples of 16 are 16, 32, 48, 64, 80, 90, 102,….. and so on.

So, from comparing these two sets of multiples, we can say the least common multiple for 12 and 16 is 48. Then, you have to match the clips on the right answer among the given choices. 

Least Common Multiple Clip Game

Activity 2: Which Wagons Will You Choose?

A train with a wagon needs to be ready for departure. But the station master isn’t able to find the right wagons to fill up. Can you do that? We believe you can.

Just find the least common multiples of each problem given in the following image and complete the whole train with the right number of wagons.

Finding Correct Wagon Number by Using Least Common Multiple

Activity 3: Throw Your Snowballs

Who doesn’t like to play with snowballs? I bet you also do. We want to add some math into it. To throw your snowball to a friend you have to find the least common multiples of the given number. So, why so late? Let’s start.

Hitting Correct Target by Finding Least Common Multiple

Activity 4: Open Your Treasure

Treasure hunting! Sounds interesting right? Why don’t we solve our LCM problems in the form of a treasure hunt?

Collect all the passwords and open your treasure.

Using Least Common Multiple to Find Treasure's Password

Activity 5: Ring the Bells

In your school, three bells ring together at a time, and then they start to ring again after 2, 3 and 4 seconds intervals respectively. Now. it’s your turn to find after how many seconds they will start to ring together again. 

Finding Ring Duration using Least Common Multiple

Download Free Printable PDF

In the above discussion, I have discussed various activities regarding the least common multiple game. These activities will help your students enhance their skills regarding these types of least common multiple problems.

The free least common multiple game PDF is available for download below. You can download this practice sheet by clicking on the download button and printing it from your device.

Please feel free to give any feedback regarding this article. Also, if your little one is having trouble doing these activities, let us know in the comment section.


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