Carla formed this large cube from eight small cubes. She put the large cube on a worktable and then spray painted all the sides that she should without moving any part of the large cube. If she take the large cube apart, how many of the small cubes will be painted on three sides.

Consider that the large cube would be 2 by 2 by 2 small cubes. Draw the diagram of this arrangement. The bottom and inner portions will not be painted. Does that help you?