Are you having a hard time memorizing the multiplication tables? If you are, don’t worry because there’s an easier way of doing it. *Finger Multiplication* is a method of multiplying numbers from tables 6 to 10. Yes, you need your fingers to do it. I have tried it and found it simple, easy, and fun.

First of all, let me give you an overview how to use this method. Put your hands in front of you with your palms facing you. Position them to where your left fingers are pointing to the right, and your right fingers are pointing to the left. In other words, left fingers and right fingers should be pointing at each other. Next, assign your fingers their specific numbers from 6 to 10.

**Your Finger Assignment**

- Pinky fingers (6)
- Ring fingers (7)
- Middle fingers (8)
- Index fingers (9)
- Thumbs (10)

**Multiplying Numbers**

In order to multiply numbers, you have to connect a left finger to a right finger, then mentally perform simple addition and multiplication. The following examples will help you understand it.

**Example 1**

Let’s say we’re multiplying 8 and 9 (8 X 9). These numbers are called *factors*. We are going to find the *product* for these two numbers. Please refer to the photo I used for this example.

- Connect your
*left middle finger (8)*to your*right index finger (9)*. These fingers and the fingers underneath them (total of 7 fingers) have the value of 10 each, which gives you**70**. - You should have remaining 2 fingers on the left and 1 finger on the right. Multiplying them (2 X 1) gives you
**2**. - Now, add 70 and 2 (70 + 2). This gives you
**72**, which is the*product*of 8 and 9.

**Example 2**

Let’s find the *product* of 6 and 8 (6 X 8).

- Connect your
*left pinky finger (6)*to your*right middle finger (8)*. These fingers and the fingers underneath them (total of 4 fingers) have the value of 10 each, which gives you**40**. - You should have remaining 4 fingers on the left and 2 fingers on the right. Multiplying them (4 X 2) gives you
**8**. - Now, add 40 and 8 (40 + 8). This gives you
**48**, which is the product of 6 and 8.

It’s that simple. Just remember that **10** is always the value of the connected fingers and the ones underneath them. The remaining fingers on top have the value of **1**. Try it and enjoy multiplying!