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Number writing practice

Is your handwriting as bad as mine? Perhaps you need some practice at writing out numbers neatly? Or do you want a number trick to try out on a friend?

  • Ask a friend to write down the figures 1 to 9 leaving out the 8.



  • Ask which figure he has written worst.
  • If, for example, he says 7, ask him to multiply the row of figures by 63 since 7 x 9 is 63.
  • The result will be as follows:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9   x
6 3
3 7 0 3 7 0 3 7
7 4 0 7 4 0 7 4 0
7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

He will have had some practice writing 7 when he has finished!

The same result applies for any figure chosen. Using 45 (which is 5 x 9) gives a row of 5's and 27 (= 3 x 9) will give a row of 3's.

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