Multiplication up to 4-digits by 2-digits

Learning focus

Practise and become confident multiplying 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using the formal method.

This lesson includes:

  • one video
  • one slideshow
  • two activities


Try this quiz to see how well you know the topic.


4 x 2 digit long multiplication

Watch this demonstration of how to multiply 4-digits by 2-digits.

4-digit by 2-digit long multiplication slideshow

Here's a step-by-step guide to multiplying 4-digits by 2-digits using the formal method.

4-digit by 2-digit long multiplication
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Activity 1

Minimal multiplications challenge

Each player should draw 6 squares as shown in the picture below.

Players take it in turns to roll a 0-6 die and place each number in one of their squares.

The aim of the game is to be the player with the smallest answer to the multiplication that they have made, so think carefully about where you place the numbers! Good luck!


If you enjoyed the game, why not try the nasty version?

Play the game again, but this time when you roll the dice, you get to place the number in the other player’s grid. The aim is still to be the player with the smallest answer at the end.

How will this affect where you place the numbers compared to the first round?

Activity 2

ABC challenge

Try this multiplication challenge.

ABC challenge


Play Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica to learn more and sharpen your skills on this topic.

Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica

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