I have another fingerprint counting activity for you, a cool Fingerprint Leaves Counting Game! But first, go check out some of the others: There’s Fingerprint Counting Printables for Spring, Soccer-Themed Fingerprint Counting, and my personal favorite, Fall Food Counting Cards.
For today’s fingerprint counting with seasonal trees, I did something a little different that adds yet another fun spin (literally!) to basic counting practice: I added a spinner! My kindergartener thought that was super fun 🙂 Keep reading to see how it works!
Fingerprint Leaves Counting Game with Seasonal Trees
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- Printable Fingerprint Leaves Counting Game pdf file
- Paper cutter or scissors (optional)
- 2 sheets of Heavyweight Construction Paper or Cardstock
- Tempera paint or washable ink pads
- Paper plate or similar to hold the paint if using it (optional)
- Pencil or paper fastener
- Paper clip
Download the pdf file and print out both pages. You can print extra copies of the blank tree cards if you’d like to extend the activity.
Cut the individual cards apart at the blue lines.
To prepare the spinner, you have two options:
- One, use a pencil and a paper clip. It’s what we did this time around, as seen in the pictures. Place the paper clip in the center of the spinner and hold the pencil in such a way that the paper clip has a center to rotate around. Flick the paper clip to make it rotate around the pencil.
- Two, use a paper fastener and a paper clip. We used this method in our Superhero Graphing Game activity. You’ll need to poke a small hole in the center of the spinner and push your paper fastener through after threading the paper clip on it.
Honestly, option two is flat out better, in my opinion. The paper clip will really spin (way more than I expected), and not only is there not as much spin when going with option one, it’s definitely way more of a challenge for kids when it comes to coordinating both hands. However, if you don’t have a paper fastener or just don’t want to use one, option one works just fine.
If you use paint, pour some in seasonal colors in a plate or other container. I suggest pinks and yellows for spring, greens for summer, reds, oranges, and browns for fall, and grays and light purples for winter.
How to Play: Combining Math with Art
Pick a card or draw one randomly. Identify the number on the card.
Spin the paper clip to pick a season.
Use a finger (or several, like my daughter did) and matching colors to make the appropriate number of leaves/blossoms/snowflakes on the tree.
♥ Tina @Simple Fun for Kids