I bought a huge bag of cheap cereal from the local market and gave each student a handful. They were challenged with the task of creating an array with their cereal, to write the multiplication problem it represents, and to write a word problem to go with it. So easy and fun! The kids loved the fact they could eat the cereal they didn't use.
You can easily incorporate technology into teaching arrays by giving students a digital camera and ask them to take snapshots of arrays around the classroom, school, or even at home. After this activity, my students were recognizing arrays all around them.
What fun ideas do you have to teach arrays in multiplication? I'd love to hear them when you leave comment down below! :) Enjoy your weekend!