The little plastic hands on my game above are buttons from the sewing department at Walmart. I bought them thinking that I could use them for something. One of my students was so intrigued when he saw them sitting on my desk. He kept asking me when was I going to make a game to go with them, but I couldn’t think of one. About the same time, a reader asked me if I could make a finger number bingo game, and “bingo”, I had my game! I also got to use my alphabet animals in the heading to help the students select their card.
Unfortunately, the game was not as easy to design as I thought. First of all, I can’t tell my left from my right easily. I kept getting the hands mixed up! That should have given me a hint that this game was going to be harder for my students than I thought.
Well, when I tested it, all of my younger students, and slightly dyslexic me, had a lot of trouble deciding which hand was which. I went right back to my computer and colored all the right hand finger numbers red and the left hand blue. That did help a lot! So when you print out the game, that’s the way it will look, not like the picture above.
I played the game differently with each age when I tested it. One fun way was to close our eyes and take turns calling out a hand, such as “left hand, 2nd finger.” Then we would both look at our board and see if we had it. I had to give my preschool children a lot of guided help, and that was fine with them. The game is very quick, so we could play it over and over in just a few minutes. It is more fun for younger students if they beat the teacher. I have not tested this game in a group, but if any of you do, please leave a comment here to let me know how it goes!
There are two pages to this PDF, each with 2 bingo cards, so up to 4 can play, or you can switch cards each time.
- To identify piano finger numbers
- To identify left and right hand
- To enjoy a hands-on activity
- Children ages 5-8
- Finger Number Bingo Cards, printed on card stock and laminated or covered in clear vinyl, and cut out
- Bingo chips or tokens to use as bingo chips
- This activity is for one student, but can be modified for more than one.
- Play like a regular bingo game, calling out the hand and finger number. Players cover the correct answer with a token.
- Younger students and students who have trouble with left and right will need a lot of guided help, so modify the game.
Why I like this game
- It does not require a lot of preparation
- It is fast and can be played in a few minutes
- It can be modified according to the age and ability of the student