Finger Counting Felt Book And Mathematical Cards

“What is your name?” and “How old are you?” are the most popular questions for the little ones. It’s quite tricky to explain your name using sign language but telling your age is quite an easy matter. Children answer using fingers!
Counting is one of the earliest school skills a child learns. Children learn the basic principles of numbers and arithmetic using finger counting.

This is Finger Counting Felt Book And Mathematical Cards – great activities to work on counting and they also help with the development of fine motor skills!
Finger counting provides multisensory input, which conveys both cardinal and ordinal aspects of numbers. Сhildren with good finger-based numerical representations show better arithmetic skills and that training finger gnosis enhances mathematical skills.

Finger Counting Felt Book and Mathematical Cards PDF Pattern

Modern kids explore the world of numerals quite early; they notice figures in car’s numbers, in elevator’s buttons. Counting is one of the earliest school skills a child learns. Children learn the basic principles of numbers and arithmetic using finger counting.
Numbers are a basic part of almost any young learners’ course, starting with counting up to five or ten and moving on to money, dates, times and the rest.

This cards are made from eco-frendly 100% polyester Korean felt fabric, 1,2mm thick. Cardboard cards are easier to make, but they won’t last long and they are far not so useful for sensory skills.

PDF Pattern for this Finger Counting Felt Book and Mathematical Cards is available at my Etsy shop.

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Babies are taught how to show “one” pretty early, this gesture matches the forefinger. It turns out that this action is an important gesture for fine motor skills and also a mathematical sign that means number.

One is a forefinger, it matches the pointer gesture, which appears rather early in the childhood and it plays a great role in child’s development. This sign organizes attention, defines perception, and develops visual-motor coordination.
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Children guess how to show 1 intuitively, they try to repeat the gesture; as a parent and helper you just have to support them a little bit. When showing the gesture call the number (one).
The size of cards allows babies to put their fingers to, it’s very important at first steps, because it makes a perfect coincidence.
I’m showing an example on the table for special reason. Table or other hard surface’s support makes the task easier. Child’s fine motor skills are not well developed yet and It could be difficult to make a right combination in the air.
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Do complicate the task showing 2, 3 etc. Every new number makes the task more complicated for baby’s fingers. A picture of palm to which you can put your own hand teaches children how to manage this exercise.
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For a left-handed kids.
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Five cards are made for right hand, and five cards are made for left hand. There are loops in the corners of the cards, so you will be able to put them together in a book, or hang on a wall as a garland.
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During the finger-number correlation, you can show your baby figures themselves. The possibilities of children’s’ memory are huge, so use this advantage.
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The same correlation with different objects, clothespins for example, additionally loads fine motor skills with.

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Children do need time to play a lot with real objects.

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One finger is one clothespin, two fingers are two clothespins. You can gradually put the cards away (stop using them) but continue to correlate the figure, the number and the fingers.
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Ask children to count how many fingers they have on one hand, then to hold up four fingers. Can they use both hands and think of another way to show “four”? How many different ways can they show “four” using their fingers. Invite them to do the same with other numbers.
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Learning first numbers will be much more fun if you use some kind of poems or riddles. I personally like “Say! Look at his fingers!” by Dr. Seuss.

Say! Look at his fingers!
One, two, three…
How many fingers do I see?…