Do Your 8 Times Table On Your Fingers!

by Michael Hartley
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Doing the 8 times tables on your fingers

Know someone who's stuck on the 8 times table? Here's a simple trick for working it out on your fingers. It's similar to this trick for the 9 times tables.

The trick works for 1 times 8 through to 5 times 8. With a bit of tweaking, you can make it work for 6 times 8 through to 9 times 8 too. In this picture, my son is working out three times eight. Here's the steps:

  • Hold out your hands, with all 10 fingers extended.  
  • Since we want three times eight, lower the third finger from the left - that's the middle finger on the left hand.
  • Also, lower three fingers counting from the right. Then, your fingers will be as shown in the picture.
  • Now, your raised fingers are in two groups - a group of 2, and a group of 4. 
  • Join those digits together, and you get 24, which is three times eight!

Now you try it! Check that 1x8=8, 2x8=16 and 4x8=32.

On the next page, I'll show you how to use this very same trick to work out the rest of the 8 times table.

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