A box of candy canes comes with a dozen candy canes. That's 12 candy canes.
If everyone in our family (mommy, daddy, and J) want the same number of candy canes with no leftovers, how many would we each get?
Who gets it? - each gets 1 per time their name appears (the number in parentheses is the # of candy cane from the box)
Now count how many are in each person's pile. Everyone should have 4 candy canes. You just divided 12 by 3.
If we combine Mommy's and J's piles we have 2 piles of 4 candy canes, or 8 candy canes altogether. Count to be sure your calculations are correct. This is addition (4+4) or multiplication (2x4).
If we combine all three of our piles, we have 3 piles of 4 candy canes, or 12 candy canes altogether. Count to be sure. This is addition (4+4+4) or multiplication (3x4).
Now, you can decorate the tree or eat the candy canes depending on your family's preference.
I hope your holiday season is full of joy and happiness and that you have a great New Year.