Learning Multiplication Facts to 10 Using Finger Tricks

Instructor: Melanie Needling
When it comes to multiplication, finger tricks are very useful tools, and they're fun! This trick is for multiplication tables of 6, 7, 8, and 9. When you need to find an answer quickly, finger tricks can save the day.

Assign Numbers

Before you begin, assign numbers to each of your fingers.


Assign Numbers to Fingers
numberedfingers1


You might want to write the numbers on your fingers, like the example shows.

How Does the Trick Work?

Let's say you are given the problem 6 x 8. What is it? You can't remember, and you don't have time to draw six groups of eight stars and count them. Here is what you can do:

Step 1

On the left hand, bend down the finger with a 6 on it because the first factor, or number in our multiplication problem, is a 6. On the right hand, bend down the finger with an 8 on it, since it is the second factor in our problem, AND also bend down all smaller numbers on your right hand (6 and 7).


Finger trick to find the answer to 6 x 8
6x8


Step 2

Count your bent fingers by tens. Since you have four fingers bent (the 6 on the left hand and the 6, 7, and 8 on the right hand), you will count 10, 20, 30, 40.


Count by tens
counting by 10


This tells you that your answer is 40 something. Easy, right?

Step 3

The fingers that are still up will be used in a simple multiplication problem. On your left hand, you still have four fingers standing. On the right hand, you still have two fingers standing. So you will take 4 x 2 to get 8.


4 x 2 is 8
standing fingers


This tells you that 8 is the second digit in your answer. You already figured out the first part, 40, so we'll just add the 8 in the ones place to get 48. So the answer to 6 x 8 is 48!

Try Another One

Find the answer to 7 x 8.

Step 1

On the left hand, bend down the finger with a 7 on it because the first factor of the problem is a 7, AND then bend down all the smaller numbers on your left hand (6). On the right hand, bend down the finger with an 8 on it since it is the second factor in your problem, AND bend down all the smaller numbers on your right hand too (6 and 7).

Step 2

Count your bent fingers by tens. Since you have five fingers bent (the 7 and the 6 on the left hand and the 6, 7, and 8 on the right hand), you will count 10, 20, 30, 40, 50. This tells you that your answer is 50 something.

Step 3

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