Meaning of Multiply
Multiplying is the shorthand for adding and counting. For example, when you multiply 3 x 6 you may be counting the number of trees in an orchard that has 3 rows with 6 trees in each row. If you counted the trees, you would find 18 trees, if you added 6 trees + 6 trees + 6 trees, you would have added a total of 18 trees. If you did the multiplication you would compute 18 trees. The boxes in the example below shows how multiplication is the same as counting or adding, and a nice way to simplify your life.