My preschooler LOVES math. She is learning and understanding simple addition and subtraction. I found this simple math project years ago and I loved it because it also incorporates a little bit of *art and crafting*, which my child also **LOVES**. I do not know the official name for this project because I no longer have the source *(it was stored to my memory for years)*, but I am calling them * “Finger Counting Math Sheets”*.

These **Finger Counting Math Sheets** can be used for practicing addition and subtraction with simple numbers. As you can see above, both my preschooler and I made one. Mine was used as a model when making the hands and gluing them and also for how to write the numbers / equations correctly since she is just learning how to write them herself. I did not write the solution to the problems until after my child solved them.

For simplicity, we focused on numbers that add up to 10 using numbers 1 through 9. I wanted my child to recognize patterns in the equations I selected, which she did end up finding.

In our project, there were two patterns, (a) the same numbers added together, regardless of their order have the same result *(for example, 9+1 = 10 and 1+9 = 10)* and (b) many different numbers when added together can give the same result *(all of the equations equaled 10)*.

Here’s the step by step on how we made one, if you are interested in making one yourself below are the supplies required and the steps we followed:

**Supplies:**

*Two different colors of paper* (1 large enough to trace hands on & 1 large enough to glue hands and write math equations on), *a glue stick* and a *writing instrument* (we used a marker).

**Instructions:**

- Trace your hands and cut them out.
*(For a preschooler, this is a great task for improving hand-eye coordination and motor skills. My child chose to color the fingers.)* - Glue the palm of the hands near the top of the second piece of paper. It’s okay if the fingers and thumbs hang off the paper.
- Fold the fingers and thumbs down at the lowest joint.
*(Technically speaking, this would be the joint between the metacarpals and phalanges on your hand.)* - Write down the addition or subtraction problems on paper.
*(Or you can let your child do this, like I did. You will notice that the 9 was written backwards on my child’s sheet. This is normal for a young child. I still recommend encouraging your child to try on their own even if they don’t get it exactly right.)* - Work with your child using the paper fingers on each hand to solve the problems. For example, if the problem is 9+1, first have your child lift 9 fingers, then have your child add 1 more finger and count all the fingers that are opened After your child gets the right answer, have your child write down the answer on the sheet.
- Continue with each math problem until completed or if your child loses interest.

Most importantly, remember that this is **meant to be a fun activity**. If your child seems uninterested or frustrated, praise them for what they accomplished, take a break and try again another time. Some children are not ready for certain concepts or may need more breaks in between.

*If you try this out with your young child, send me a note on how it went on my social media pages, at momgineeringthefuture@gmail.com or comment below.*

*Disclaimer: This project was not my original idea. Unfortunately, I can not re-locate the source of this idea. If I do come across it in the future, I will add it to this post. *