Firefighter Finger Numbers

Firefighter Finger Numbers

This is an activity for those of us who teach young children or for parents who want to give their children a head start in learning piano.

I made this for a 4-year-old who loves anything related to firemen. I wanted an activity he would enjoy that would be a good way to reinforce finger numbers. Thanks to this game, his confidence has soared because it is now easy for him.

In addition to finger numbers, this activity helps children learn the meaning of the symbols RH and LH as well as to learn to distinguish their right and left hands.

I printed my cards on  magnetic printer sheets but you can also use card stock. The magnetic sheets are kind of pricey, so shop around and see if you can use a coupon. Mine came in a sample pack, so I wanted to try them out. You might want to try printing them on card stock and using magnetic strips you can buy at craft stores. Disclaimer: My magnetic cards are a little difficult for young students to use until they get used to how thin they are. I remove them from the cookie sheet and hand them to the children until they learn how. Standing them up on the sides of the cookie sheet helps.

Material

  • The free Firefighter Finger Numbers printable, printed on card stock or magnetic printer sheets
  • Cookie tin or magnetic surface, optional

Directions

  • Print out both pages of Firefighter Finger Numbers and cut them into individual squares.
  • The student will match the finger with a dot on the “glove” with the correct number on the firefighter “hat.”
  • Place all the cards in view, so that the young child can see them and select the correct card.
  • The student will learn faster if he says the finger number out loud as he works.
  • If the student is capable, (older) play a memory game with the cards. If you do this activity, do not use all the cards,  because otherwise it is too difficult for the intended age group.

Objectives

  • To visually match a finger number to the correct finger on the left or right hand
  • To recognize the printer symbols LH and RH as right hand and left hand
  • To identify a picture of a hand as a left or right hand.

Ages

  • Early childhood, age 4 to first grade

If you need more material for learning right and left hands and finger numbers, check out Colorful Hands, Finger Numbers for Beginners,  and Colorful Fingers.

I am working on a Bingo Game of some sort for finger numbers as well as some other early childhood printables. Sign up for email updates of my blog so you won’t have to keep checking. Your email will remain anonymous. Click Follow Susan’s Blog by Email at the top right of the page.

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7 Responses to Firefighter Finger Numbers

  1. Ann Allott

    Just wondered if you had ever had a chance to make the Bingo Game for finger numbers as I have a young student who needs help remembering these. Many thanks.

  2. I’m starting my Intro to Piano class in 2 weeks for 3,4, and 5 year olds. I am definitely going to use this game. Thanks!

  3. Ruthann Elliott

    Thanks for all of the great resources you have posted!! I like this idea very much. I just started a 5 year old today and thought I’d use this. However, wouldn’t it be more appropriate for the “What Hand?” cards to say “What Finger?”

    • susanparadis

      Thanks for the suggestion, Ruthann. However, here is my reasoning for the “what hand” cards.

      One of the objectives of the cards is to learn right and left hand, not only finger numbers. So I made cards so that they would have to match the left hand to the LH and the right hand to the RH. Many 4 year olds do not know their right and left hand yet.

      The “What Hand” cards were specifically made so that my students could match them. In the picture, my student placed them on the cookie sheet that way to make it look like a heading. But that was not my goal.

      If students already know their left and right, I would suggest not using those cards.

      • Ruthann Elliott

        Oh, okay that makes sense. I thought it looked like the heading of the column. Thank you for clarifying that for me!