How counting on your fingers can make you better at maths

Research finds that pupils who play number games both on their fingers and with objects, such as dice, do better.

 

It's a tried and tested method for counting, and now research has found that using fingers can help young children with their maths.

 

A new study suggests that playing finger games – such as holding up a certain number of fingers – alongside number games such as dominoes boosts youngsters' results in counting and simple arithmetic.

 

Researchers said the findings could be useful for teachers in developing children's understanding of numbers.

 

The study, involving 137 children aged six and seven, saw pupils divided into five groups.

 

Each group was then given a different set of activities to do in 30-minute sessions twice a week for the next four weeks. One group was given finger training exercises, the other played number games.

 

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