Saturday, October 27, 2012

Piano Finger Number Beanbag Game

A very important part of learning to read piano music is learning to identify "finger numbers."  In addition, it greatly helps to know left hand from right hand.  This simple game addresses both.  To play, simply draw two large hands on a piece of cardboard.  Be sure to draw them with the thumbs pointing towards the middle.  To play the game, the student gently tosses the beanbag, and wherever it lands, the student has to identify the hand and finger number.

For additional practice with finger numbers, try this song with gestures as well:

Where is Finger One?
(To the Tune of "Are You Sleeping?")
Where is finger one? (Hold up left hand thumb)
Where is finger one? (Hold up right hand thumb)
"Here I am!" (Wiggle left thumb)
"Here I am!" (Wiggle right thumb)
"How are you today sir?" (Wiggle left thumb)
"Very well I thank you!" (Wiggle right thumb)
Run away! (Put left hand behind back)
Run away! (Put right hand behind back)

*Repeat for each finger number
1- Thumb
2- Pointer
3- Middle
4- Ring
5- Pinky

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  1. An inspired way to learn to play, I love anything that moves away from classroom style learning.

  2. That's a great way of teaching piano fingers. I hope to teach my daughter piano in a few years. Love your idea.

  3. What a wonderful lesson and method! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  4. What a fun way to introduce finger numbers! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Kids' Music Activities Board at

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