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Jill Reception teacher:

'The initial response was fabulous, but what I find more impressive is that the children remain delighted with the plates and their characters...these plates have bought times tables to light....what an ingenious learning tool, and the children don't even realise they're learning.

Jane: Grandparent

"My grandson is 20 months old and the plates came yesterday. He went through the lot and we started with plate 1 and the numbers. We actually got to six with him repeating. Absolutely chuffed! Brilliant idea.'

The Times Newspaper

"The Multiples is a new way to learn tables, and a simple one. It’s simply a series of melamine plates, each of which contains a different times table. So, why not eat and learn?"

Professor ONE Hoot
          Professor ONE Hoot

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 Joanna Clancy                                                                    David Clancy

How 'theMultiples' started

Jo is a Montessori teacher at a famous prep 
school in Sussex and came home last year having painted, as a Christmas present for Katie, her daughter, a wonderfully plump robin in the middle of a plate, with a few more robins around its edge. David thought it was brilliant and said “it's the one times table”.  And theMultiples were born!


They set about creating and painting 12 new characters, each of whom would love one of the numbers from one to twelve and present their Times Table number on a plate. David wanted to give the characters names and complex characters to underpin a series of quirky stories in interactive eBooks to tell the tale of what happens when each of the characters - and their numbers – meet each other. Each story being designed to help families to socialise around the concept in an easy manner and therefore to remember their Times Tables.


First Drafts  Having pottered around with a few ideas, they decided they wanted a more homogenous set of characters, with slightly eccentric personalities, a bit like this cow that Jo painted:

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       Jo's character sketch                              David's First Times Table plate

     for Madame Two Moos


After a while Jo and David decided their art skills were not up to the task and they decided to ask a wonderful friend, Des Suttie, who worked with Jo at school, to paint the 12 farm animals for them. They then handed over the new faces with the new character profiles to the AppleAgency.co.uk and worked with them to create the full form characters that you see at the top of this page.


Meanwhile, Jo's son Jack who is took his A levels this summer, came up with the collective name for the 12 animals – and so 'theMultiples' were born.


Professor One Hoot, Madame Two Moos, Sister Three Baas, Rooster Four Hoots, Porky Five Bellies, Monsieur Six-y, Tiny Seven Squeeks, Bugsy Eight Hops, Duke Nine Bills, Goatee Ten Beards, Inspector Eleven, Lord Twelve Tales.

David and Joanna Clancy 

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Introducing unique
Times Table Plates:

Each of the 12 Times Table Plates features one of the wonderful characters who are collectively called "theMultiples"
Rooster 4-midable

Rooster Four-mi-da-ble

Bugsy Eight Hops
Bugsy EIGHT Hops