When it comes to counting, hands-on activities are best for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. Kids instinctively use their fingers when they begin counting, so these fingerprint math activities incorporate their fingers using paint and creative activities to solidify early math concepts. Just add a bit of paint, and kids can leave their fingerprints as they count objects.
By combining art and math into one fun project, kids learn to be excited about working with numbers and learn to love math. You’ll work with baby chicks, foods, spiders, bubbles, fish, buttons on a snowman, and much more. You’ll find a fun counting activity using fingerprints for every season.
Let’s get started on those numbers right now!
Fun Seasonal Fingerprint Counting Ideas
Learn about the seasons while counting with this Fingerprint Leaves Counting Game. Create beautiful trees with fingerprint leaves for spring, summer, fall, and winter. Of course, many trees don’t have leaves in winter, so those fingerprints can be snowflakes instead. Use several different colors for your spring and fall trees to create blossoms amongst the leaves or different colored leaves.
Use our Fingerprint Counting Printables for Spring to practice counting with caterpillars, flowers, and ladybugs! Kids will use their fingerprints to create body segments for the caterpillar, petals for the flowers, and spots for the ladybug.
Aren’t cherry blossoms beautiful? Use this Fingerprint Spring Cherry Blossom Tree activity to add a splash of color and a bit of counting practice to any spring day. Peak bloom season in our nation’s capital is in April, so this is a wonderful project for a rainy April day.
When fall comes around, practice those math skills using our Pumpkin Counting Learning Activity. It’s super simple; look at the number in the block and add the appropriate number of orange fingerprints. They look just like little pumpkins. If you want to add more detail, paint or draw a stem and leaves on each pumpkin when you’re done.
Combine a craft with a counting activity by completing our Fingerprint Fall Tree. The trunk and branches of the tree are made using your child’s sweet handprint. Kids can then cover the branches with red, orange, yellow, and green leaves. Don’t forget to add some leaves falling to the ground! Ask your child to count each color and then count the total number of leaves.
Whether you’re studying spiders just for fun or looking for a not-so-spooky and educational Halloween activity for the kids, this Spider Web Counting Printable from Messy Little Monster certainly fits the bill! Two sheets are available—one for practicing numbers 0-9 and one with blank boxes for you to choose your own numbers.
This Pumpkin Patch Number Craftivity by School Time Snippets is perfect for fall, especially after a trip to the pumpkin patch! Add vines and the number of pumpkins you want your child to print in each square on the paper. The great thing about this is that you can adjust the numbers to the ones your child is working on right now.
Get some counting practice even during the holidays. The kids won’t mind a bit when it’s as fun as this Christmas Tree Counting Activity by Messy Little Monster. It’s such a fun and festive way to work on number recognition and counting skills.
This Printable Snowman Counting by Messy Little Monster is another great option for Christmastime, but you can use it all winter long to practice numbers 1-9 or the numbers you choose with the blank version. It’s interesting watching kids figure out how to fit all the buttons on the snowman as the numbers get larger.
Fingerprint Math Activities and Printables
Do you have any soccer fans at home? If so, they’ll really enjoy this Soccer Themed Fingerprint Math Printable. Add fingerprints to the blank soccer balls while counting out loud. This printable covers numbers 1-20, so it’s perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Kids can get lots of counting practice with our patriotic American Flag Fingerprint Counting Activity. In fact, they’ll count to 50 twice—once for the stars and once to fill in the red stripes. This printable is perfect for the 4th of July, Veteran’s Day, Presidents Day, and other patriotic holidays.
Hello, Wonderful’s Flower Learning Printable is a lovely way to practice counting numbers 1-5 as well as sequencing. After the fingerprint counting activity is finished, cut the flowers into strips. Then mix them up and have your child put them in order by number or by shortest to tallest or tallest to shortest.
This Fingerprint Numbers activity by Happy Toddler Playtime is less about counting and more about pre-writing practice to help kids learn to form their numbers. It’s a great fine motor activity that teaches kids about number formation, especially regarding how the numbers are made (e.g., working from top to bottom).
Fingerprint Food Theme Math Activities
Our printable Fingerprint Apple Counting Activity is similar to the pumpkin one above. We drew a little stem and leaf on ours. Make red apples, green apples, yellow apples, or a mix of all three! Use this activity for Johnny Appleseed Day, back to school, or day during fall.
Focus on all the fall foods that we know and love with some fun Fall Food Counting Cards featuring a turkey dinner, corn, pumpkins, pie, and other seasonal favorites. Fill in the white circles with fingerprints, counting them as you go along. Then, put the number in the box on the page. These printables focus on numbers 5-15.
This Apple Tree Math Activity by Messy Little Monster is the perfect activity to accompany the book Ten Red Apples. Work on numbers 1-9 or use the blank version to work on the numbers your child needs to practice. Kids will love getting their hands messy while they practice counting.
Our Fingerprint Gumball Machine was made to celebrate the 100th day of school, but you can use it any time to count to 100 or change the number to practice counting to any number you’d like. This fun activity is perfect for using at home or in the classroom.
Build fine motor skills and practice counting with this fun Apple Barrels Counting Activity from Life Over C’s. This is a wonderful back-to-school activity for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss Week or Read Across America Day during that week with our adorable Dr. Seuss Fingerprint Apple Craft. It’s based on Seuss’s book, 10 Apples Up on Top, and incorporates a picture of your child paired with counting out 10 apples made with your child’s thumbprint. Isn’t it cute?
What could be a more fitting summertime fingerprint counting activity than counting scoops of ice cream, as you see here in this Ice Cream Cone Counting by Happy Toddler Playtime? You can set this up as a straight counting activity or as addition problems, so it’s great for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and even first graders.
Animal Counting Activities Using Fingerprints
How precious is this Farm-Themed Math Art activity from The OT Toolbox? They made a big red barn using craft sticks. Then, they used their fingerprints to make a line of baby chicks to move through the door. Adorable!
Create a cute under-the-sea scene while practicing your numbers. This Counting Bubbles Preschool Activity by School Time Snippets features colorful fish in a fishbowl with a bit of seaweed and lots of fingerprint bubbles. Each fish has a number on it, and kids print the appropriate number of blue bubbles around the fish.
This Fingerprint Goldfish printable by Playdough to Plato is another fun fish-themed counting activity. After the fingerprints are dry, kids can use a pencil or marker to draw a face and fins on each little fish.
Work on numbers 1-12 with this adorable Bumblebee Fingerprint Art & Math Activity by School Time Snippets. Kids will use their fingerprints to create little bees buzzing around the hive. You can use a marker to make stripes, wings, and a face or you can leave them as simple yellow circles if you prefer, too.
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