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2 + 2 + 2 + 2 =


How many 2s are there?


So we will count 4 lots of 2. This can be written as 4 x 2 . The x means 'lots' or 'groups' of.

We can draw this like this:

We call this an array. Grouping the dots together makes it much easier to count, especially when we are learning about repeated addition and multiplication.


Have a go at the activity below in your Maths book. Draw the arrays for each number sentence. When you are drawing tens as an array, it might be easier for you to draw a dash which we use to represent ten. So for example, 5 x 10 would be drawn as five dashes.