## Wednesday, June 4, 2014

### FINGER PLAY MATH

Fish
One, two, three, four, five – (Hold up fingers on right hand one at a time.)
I caught a fish alive. (Clap palms as if catching a fish.)
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten – (Hold up fingers on left hand as you count.)
I let it go again. (Open up palms and pretend to release a fish.)
Why did you let that fishy go? (Shrug shoulders.)
Because it bit my finger so. (Hold up pinky.)
Which finger did it bite?
My little finger on the right.

Counting
Cut out ten paper fish and write the numerals 1-10 on them. Mix them up and then ask the children to put them in order.
*Make 20 fish for older students.

Five Little Seashells
Five little seashells lying on the shore. (Hold up 5 fingers.)
Swish went the waves, and then there were four. (Swoop hands up.)
Four little seashells, cozy as can be. (Hold up 4 fingers.)
Swish went the waves, and then there were three. (Swoop hands.)
Three little seashells, all pearly new. (Hold up 3 fingers.)
Swish went the waves and then there were two. (Swoop hands.)
Two little seashells, sleeping in the sun. (Hold up 2 fingers.)
Swish went the waves, and then there was one. (Swoop hands.)
One little seashell left all alone. (Hold up 1 finger.)
It whispered, “Shhh,”as I took it home. (Index finger by lips.)

Sets
Let children draw pictures of underwater scenes.  Write a different numeral on each one and give children seashells to make the appropriate set.
*Give children five seashells. How many different ways can they group them to make five?

Hint!  A great place to buy shells is a dollar store.