The figure below contains four small squares. How many small squares are in eight copies of the figure?
To find the answer, we could draw eight copies of the figure. But that would take quite a long time. Another way to find the answer would be to count in fours. The question is asking us to find four times eight or eight lots of four squares. So we can skip-count in fours eight times to find the answer: four, eight, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32.
We counted in fours eight times. So we can say that four multiplied by eight equals 32. There would be 32 small squares in eight copies of the figure. We found our answer by skip-counting in fours eight times.