I doubt there is anyone who has not used their fingers sometime when figuring a math problem. Some people will tell a child not to use their fingers, but I encourage it for the younger child. Using fingers helps a child feel math.
- Call out a number and have your child practice holding up the correct number of fingers. Start easy: 1, 2, 5 and 10. Go to 6, 9 and 3. Next try 4 and 8 and finally 7.
- See if they can demonstrate the even numbers two different ways. For example: 6 is 5 and 1 and also 3 fingers on each hand.
- Write a number and see how quickly a child can show it on his fingers.
- Have your child do the first three activities under a table or in some way so she can't see her fingers.
- Hold up a number of fingers and have your child say how many fingers she sees.
- Hold up a number of fingers and have your child quickly write the number.
- Practice addition facts with answers of 10 or below using fingers.
- Practice subtraction facts with top number 10 or below using fingers.