Have you ever worked with arrays?

It’s a great way to visualize multiplication. And it’s another one of those things I didn’t learn in school, but my children are. I’m glad they are!

Arrays are a great way to describe a multiplication problem and help you “see” how to get the answer.

So, today we’re grabbing our Easter candy and having some fun with **jelly bean arrays**.

### How do you use arrays in multiplication?

First of all, let’s define an array. Quite simply, it’s a visual representative of a multiplication problem (at least in our case) using objects arranged in rows and columns.

Take the multiplication problem, 2 x 4. The first number, two, represents the number of rows. The second number, four, represents the number of columns.

So, for 2 x 4, we would create two rows with four objects each.

### What else can you see?

In the above photo, you’ve got three rows and four columns. It represents 3 x 4. Or, 4 + 4 + 4. Can you see that?

And the answer to both of those math problems is twelve.

Arrays can tell you a lot!

### Jelly Bean Arrays

Now that we have an understanding of arrays, let’s grab our jelly beans and have some fun.

Our set-up was simple, I just used an index card to display my arrays and grabbed a pile of jelly beans.

*Note: You can do this any time of the year. Just use M&Ms or Skittles instead of jelly beans.*

The only other thing you need are some multiplication problems.

Let’s start solving!

How do you solve 3 x 2?

You’d make 3 rows with 2 jelly beans in each row. Now let’s solve. Count up the jelly beans and you’ll find 6. 3 x 2 = 6

Let’s flip the problem around? Would 2 x 3 look the same as 3 x 2?

The answer is the same, but the array would look different. To make an array for 2 x 3, you’d have 2 rows with 3 jelly beans in each row.

Keep using **jelly bean arrays** to work on all your multiplication problems. I love how this helps you see exactly how to solve a multiplication problem.

This is such a great math tool!

If you enjoyed working with **Jelly Bean Arrays**, the above photo is perfect for sharing on Facebook or you can save the photo below on Pinterest.

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Math Art: Skip Counting Pointillism

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