Multiplication is a way of finding the total amount when you have a certain number of items that are the same. Imagine you have 3 apples and you want to know how many apples you have in total. You can count them one by one or you can use multiplication to find the total amount. 3 x 1 apple = 3 apples. This means you have 3 apples in total. Multiplication is a way of making it easier to find the total amount when you have a lot of things that are the same.