Some Multiplication Tricks

8 x 7 = ?

Parents, teachers and students are always looking for new ways to help kids learn their Math Facts, especially the multiplication table.

Here’s a recording Marisa did with some tricks she uses to help her with the trickier multiplication facts she has to know.  They’re those numbers in the middle that don’t stick in your mind as easily as the lower numbers.  I wrote out each trick below after the recording.  They’re each like fun rhymes or clever sayings.

MP3 of some Multiplication Tricks

-Math Fact: 8 x 8 = 64

Trick: 8 ate (eight) too much and got sick (six) on the floor (four)… 8 x 8 = 64

-Math Fact: 7 x 8 = 56

Trick: You can’t have 7 and 8 before you have 5 and 6… 7 x 8 = 56

-Math Fact: 6 x 8 = 48

Trick: 6 and 8 went on a date to restaurant 48.. 6 x 8 = 48

-Math Fact: 6 x 7 = 42

Trick: 6 and 7 are sweatin’ on a bike made for (four) 2… 6 x 7 = 42

Hope this helps!

Thanks to Marisa for the recording and the multiplication tips!

Mama Lisa

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8 Responses to “Some Multiplication Tricks”

  1. Marton Says:

    Hi Mama Lisa,

    there is a nine times table trick I’d like to share (maybe it is well known, but here it is:

    Let’s do 6 x 9, or instance:
    Spread out both hands. Take the sixth finger from the left (it is the thumb on the right hand). Fold it under. To the left of the “gap” you have 5 fingers, to the right 4, the result: 54.

    It works until 9x 10 (fold the pinkie of the right hand = nine fingers show to the left of the folded finger, none (0) on the right) …

    Great website


  2. Kristi Says:

    I just learned the trick with the fingers and the 9s. but my son was frustrated, because he has to do “rocket math” in a minute, and he said, “I can’t be counting on my fingers!” So I said, then just think, 9 times a number: the answer will always start with the number one less, and the digits add up to 9. (it’s the way to visualize the fingers trick, too.) So, 9×8 starts with one less (7) and the digits add up to 9… 7+2, the answer is 72. I think it helped.

    he’s getting stuck on 8X7 and 6×8, I’ll see if these tricks help him remember. Thanks!

  3. Jo Nathan Says:

    Try using the saying 6 and 6 dropped it on the floor picked it up it was 64. Or maybe you could try 9 and 9 went to go have fun and they didn’t come back until they were 81.

  4. HI Says:

    Try Using: I ate and I ate till I was sick on the floor 8 x 8 = 64

  5. TGreene Says:

    I learned 8 x 8 as … 8 x 8 fell on the floor, picked it up and it was 64. I wish I could remember all the other little rhymes so I could help my son with them.

  6. Lisa Says:

    I found:

    Six and Eight went out to skate; when they came back they were Forty-Eight.

  7. Steve Says:

    I learned this by my teacher 8 times 8 went to the store to buy a Nintendo 64 :)

  8. Precious Says:

    My fav for 8×6=48

    8 and 6 went on a date to hwy 48.

    Loved the finger trick for the 9’s

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