# How to Divide by 8 the Easy Way

*It was a hot summer day, one made for icy treats. And it turned out, the perfect time to learn about dividing by 8’s.*

Our neighborhood bakery sells ice frosties (those sweet, colorful frozen treats in long plastic casing) for ₱5 each. But we found out that if you buy them by the pack in their unfrozen state, they only cost ₱20 for 8 pieces.

If a pack of 8 frosties costs ₱20, how much is one piece?

So off we went that hot summer day, my then 6-year old daughter and I, to buy our staples: bread and frosties. And on the walk home, I asked her, “If a pack of 8 frosties costs ₱20, how much is one piece?”

“IDK (I don’t know),” she said.

“If I get half a pack with 4 frosties, how much will that cost?”

After some thought, she answered “That’s ₱10.”

“Okay, if 4 frosties cost ₱10, how much would 2 frosties be?”

“Easy! ₱5!”

“And if 2 frosties cost ₱5, how much will one piece cost?

“₱2.50!”

“That’s right! Dividing by 8 is the same as dividing by 2 three times.”

And so she learned that hot summer day how to divide by 8 the easy way.

*Can you think of other useful examples for teaching kids about dividing by 8? Share it with us in the comments below.*

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