However, if your kid has trouble remembering the whole multiplication table, multiplication with fingers is a good alternative

To multiply with fingers, you are only required to remember the multiplication table up to 5 × 5.

After that, all multiplication can be performed with your fingers

The two numbers to be multiplied are each represented on a different hand

Each hand may have some raised fingers and some closed fingers at the same time

Number of fingers to raise = Factor − 5. Remember that a factor is a number in a multiplication problem

The sum of the raised fingers is the number of tens

The product of the closed fingers is the number of ones

7 × 8

For 7, use your left hand and raise 2 fingers (Factor − 5 = 7 − 5 = 2) .

This means there are 3 closed fingers

For 8, use your right hand and raise 3 fingers.

This means that there are 2 closed fingers

Sum of raised fingers = 2 + 3 = 5. This means we have 5 tens or 50

Product of closed fingers = 3 × 2 = 6.

This means that we have 6 ones

50 + 6 = 56

9 × 6

For 9, use your right hand and raise 4 fingers.

This means there is 1 closed finger

For 6, use your left hand and raise 1 finger.

This means that there are 4 closed fingers

Sum of raised fingers = 4 + 1 = 5. This means we have 5 tens or 50

Product of closed fingers = 1 × 4 = 4.

This means that we have 4 ones

50 + 4 = 54

8 × 5

For 8, use your left hand and raise 3 fingers.

This means there are 2 closed fingers

For 5, use your left hand and raise no finger.

This means that there are 5 closed fingers

Sum of raised fingers = 3 + 0 = 3.

This means we have 3 tens or 30

Product of closed fingers = 2 × 5 = 10.

This means that we have 10 ones or 1 ten or 10

30 + 10 = 40