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Psychology may be in the process of dispelling a popular old wives’ tale and making math a whole lot more fun for children all at the same time. According to a several recent behavioral and psycological studies, counting on your fingers may actually be great for mathematical development!

Basically, the science suggests we all see our fingers in our brains when doing arithmetic, even when we’re not physically using them, and that the better our understanding of our fingers, aka our “finger representation,” the better we will be at math.

So, instead of discouraging children from using their fingers to do basic calculations, we should be encouraging them. Not only that, but we should also be helping them to visualize math in all sorts of other ways.

When we think of math, we think of numbers, lines and lines of numbers, chart memorization, symbols and…(*snore). But the days of those teaching methods may be numbered.

Youcubed, a Stanford center dedicated to inspiring math success and innovative teaching, has created a fantastic, fun and visual set of finger activities meant to develop finger representation and strengthen basic math skills.

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Looks fun, right!? You can download out the full list of activities for free right here.