Finger Number Bingo

Finger Number Bingo

Finger Number Bingo is a very easy (free) bingo game to teach piano finger numbers to young children. Since this time of year so many teachers have beginning students, I’m reposting this popular bingo game. It was first posted in August, 2013 and I’m sure it seems like just yesterday to many of my readers!

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.

Objective

  • To identify piano finger numbers
  • To identify left and right hand
  • To enjoy a hands-on activity

Ages

  • Children ages 5-8

Materials

  • 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

Directions

  • 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
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4 thoughts to “Throwback Thursday Finger Number Bingo

  • Regina Ziliani

    This looks terrific, Susan. Thank you! Will definitely be using this in our beginning piano classes!

    Reply
    • Susan Paradis

      I’m glad it will be helpful!

      Reply
  • Kathy Kapsner

    I use dice and red/blue poker chip that I have hot glued together so you can flip it :)! Thanks so much for this game!!!

    Reply
    • Susan Paradis

      Kathy, that’s clever! I’ve never thought of that. Thanks for the tip.

      Reply

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