Counting Felt Hands is a fun, hands-on math activity for children! Children often learn how to count and do basic math with their own fingers and hands; this activity expands on those skills. Kids will recognize patterns, identify groups of 5 and 10, and skip count by 5 and 10. In addition, basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication) is introduced.
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What you need:
- We used stiff felt for durability, but just be aware that your wrist may get sore as I experienced from cutting. You may want to consider soft felt instead!
- We used colorful felt so that each pair of hands were a certain color and therefore associated with groups of 10s. However, you could make each felt hand the same color if you prefer
- Black marker
- A pair of cute child hands 🙂
How to make Counting Felt Hands:
- Trace each pair of hands 10 times (10 x 10 = 100 fingers!)
- Cut hand shapes
- Optional: Label finger numbers and/or label 5, 10, 15, 20, etc.
We actually made the Counting Felt Hands a year ago, but after all the prep work was completed, my daughter had no interest at the time! I tried to reintroduce it every few months to no avail. However, last week, my daughter was rummaging through our Chinese activity bin and said she wanted to use the Counting Felt Hands! She placed them on a small tray, as that is what we usually do when update our shelves with new activities!
Then she sorted, aligned, and rearranged each of the hands independently!
I think her numeracy skills improved significantly with our hands-on math activities, such as the Hundred Chart and Number Pegging activities. Thus, she was now ready to enjoy learning with the Counting Felt Hands!
We also turned the hands over to the blank side. Then she matched dot stickers to the number of fingers shown.
We then tested her addition skills on the easel, and she aced it! Whoohoo, mission accomplished!
If your child has fun learning with these Counting Felt Hands, please let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag @CHALKAcademy on Instagram and Facebook! We love to see how other families do Chinese activities!
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Happy learning, friends!