Math + Art = Preschool Homerun!
My daughter will do anything if it is in art form.
This activity is a fun way to work on counting and number sense as your Lil’ will create caterpillars with their fingerprints!
This activity allows your Lil’ to correlate the value with the number symbol and it allows them to see the difference in value between each number as their caterpillars get longer and longer.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-10 (1-4)
  • Understand values of numbers 0-10  (1-4)

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-20 (1-8)
  • Understand values of numbers 0-20 (1-8)

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Fine Motor

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Fingerprint Caterpillar Template - Explorers

Fingerprint Caterpillars Template - Creators

*Washable Paint

Step #1
Dip your Lil’s finger in the paint.

We used green to stick with The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme.

Step #2
Press your Lil’s painted finger next to the caterpillar head.
  • For the number 1, you will press their finger down once.
  • For the number 2, you will make 2 fingerprints.
  • Continue with this pattern to the number 8.

Teacher Tip

I like to keep wipes handy for activities like this so we can quickly wipe the paint off of our fingers.

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