Ten Little Fingers - from Math Arts
By using prints of fingers or toes in an art design, young learners explore their most reliable and accessible counting materials - their own fingers and toes!
fingers and toes (hands or feet)
crayons, markers, paints and brushes
towels to clean fingers and toes
1. Decide to make prints from either fingers or toes. Fingers are the easiest to start with but either choice is fun.
2. Press fingertips, all five from one hand, on the ink pad. Then press them on a sheet of paper, making a print of five fingertips all at once.
3. Repeat the printing of fingertips with the other hand. Now there should be ten dots or fingerprints on the paper.
4. The rest of the activity is freeform, although a few suggestions are given below:
- cut, paste, glue, draw and decorate the ten fingerprints
- draw details to make the ten prints into ten little creatures, bugs or animals
- the prints could be parts of flowers created from paper scraps and glued on
- red fingerprints could be berries or cherries
- first draw branches then make pussy willow buds with fingerprints
- number the fingerprints with bright colored crayons from one to ten
For one-to-one correspondence, press a fingerprint on sticky-dots that are stuck to a piece of paper. Press one fingerprint in each colorful dot. Add string pieces and glue to make them look like balloons, if desired.
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