About Finger Play Games

These games promote children’s understanding of early math concepts, from counting and cardinality to composing and decomposing number (the foundation of addition and subtraction). When children use their fingers to count, they are strengthening their number knowledge and their ability to visualize numbers in their minds. Finger games can be played anytime, anywhere, since your fingers are always with you!

Materials Needed

Fingers, Directions

What's the math in these games?

You can make 5 with five fingers on one hand and zero on the other, or with four and one, or with three and two. This helps children recognize that smaller numbers are part of larger numbers (e.g., 4 and 1 are two parts of 5).

For this game all you need are your hands and fingers! Nothing to print but the game directions.
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