Finger Number Beanbag Game

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While browsing Pinterest, I was inspired by this picture by the blogger Becki Lewis.  Becki’s Finger Number Beanbag Game is a simple but very effective game for young beginner piano students.


Students stand in front of the mat and drop the beanbag.  Then, they name the finger the beanbag landed closest to, and correctly identify RH or LH.  I tried this game out with my Piano Readiness Class, and they enjoyed it!  It is a quick, easy activity that effectively reviews the hands/fingers.

Becki used a marker and a piece of cardboard to draw the outline of two hands.  I designed a printable on the computer to use with my students, and Becki gave me permission to share the printable with you here: visit the Printables > Games page, and scroll down to the F’s for “Finger Number Beanbag Game.”  I laminated the two pages and taped them together, so that they fold for easy storage.  Enjoy!

Joy Morin is a piano teacher in northwest Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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  1. Posted 21 January 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad you liked the finger number game idea. I use it quite often, and the kids love it. Thanks for making a printable!

  2. Alyse W
    Posted 3 February 2013 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    So I saw this game and thought it would be great for a few of my beginners. I have a sewing machine so I made the bean bags myself but decided to add another learning detail to the game: on the bean bags, I took fabric markers and drew pictures of a quarter note, whole note, eighth note, half note, etc so when they throw the bag, the say what finger it landed on and what kind of note is on the bean bag. Thanks for the idea!

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