Each number is drawn as a straight parallel lines, so 2 is two lines. To multiply 2 x 3, you draw 2 lines for 2 and 3 lines for 3 at right angles to the 2 lines. The result is then the times the lines cross. This work sheets, sees if your children under stand this method . The ease of use of this method and it simplicity should help any student to do multiplication and see where the result comes from.