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)
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.
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.
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!