Quirky poem to learn the eight times table


It's real simple, get it straight,

One times eight is simply eight,


Two times eight, sitting by a stream,

Two times eight is sweet sixteen.



Three little eights must barricade the door,

Three times eight are twenty-four



Four times eight are on the court

Doubles tennis is their sport

They're hot and tired, that is true

They'd love a drink - they are thirsty too! (32)



Five times eight is ten times four (5 x 8 is 10 x 4)

That one's really not a chore


Six and Eight went off to skate

When they came back they were forty-eight.

As time passed, their mother cried

Until at last she dried her eyes


Seven times eight are fifty-six

Would you like to know the tricks?

Turn it round the other way

"56 7 8" I prefer to say


I ate and ate 'til I was sick on the floor (8 x 8 =64)

I thought I couldn't eat any more



My mother said I never should. But then I did. It did no good...

I ate one lot more, just nine eights (which are seventy-two).

Seventy-two tastes horrid. I was sick on her shoe


Ten times eight is plain to see

As ten groups of eight are just eighty


Eleven times eight is eighty eight

That's eight groups of ten plus one more group of eight


At twelve times eight do not lose hope;

Imagine yourself a bridge of rope.

Across that bridge twelve tired eights tramp

The bridge is wobbly, yet on they stamp

Go gently on those rotten sticks!

12 x 8 is ninety-six



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