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I have the best memories of this book. I would climb up into my dad’s lap, and he would start the rhythmic rhyme,


One thumb
One thumb
Drumming on a drum.

It reads like a poem, and the little girl version of me loved every word. I still do. And I was sure to let my boys climb up into my lap for the same rollicking fun. We couldn’t help but drum on the pages with the dum-ditty-dum-ditty-dum-dum-dum refrain.

We enjoyed the book so much that I decided to write a Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb unit study. Thanks to Rose Ann Kuhns for helping with the lessons and printable lapbook.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb Unit Study Lessons

Here is a sample of the lessons included in the Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb unit study:

Bible: Praise the Lord!
Psalms 47:1 proclaims, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph!” Sing some favorite Bible songs while clapping and praising God.

Social Studies: Manners
“Hello Jack. Hello Jake. Shake hands. Shake hands-shake, shake, shake!” When we meet new people or old friends, it is appropriate to shake their hand. Encourage your child to shake hands with people when they greet them. If desired, you can practice with stuffed animals.

Language Arts: Learning Letters
Choose a letter to learn this week (M is for Monkey or H is for Hand). Teach your student the sound the letter makes. Find objects in your house that start with the letter.

Science: Monkeys!
Check out some monkey books at the library. If your child isn’t ready to sit for a non-fiction book, just peruse the pictures together. You can discuss what monkeys eat with your child. In the book, a monkey picks an apple, another picks a plum. Well, monkeys do eat fruit! Different monkeys in different areas of the world eat whatever fruit grows in that area. They also consume nuts, eggs, seeds, leaves, bamboo, insects and corn. 

Science: Health
“Hands with handkerchiefs blow, blow, blow…”
When we sneeze, we need to cover our mouths and noses to keep the germs at a minimum. Discuss this with your child. You can also talk about the proper way to use a tissue and that we should wash our hands after we sneeze.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb Lapbook Printables

As you work your way through the unit study, various lapbook activities are provided.

  • Monkey Facts Fan
  • My Book of M Words Accordion
  • My Book of H Words Accordion
  • Sorting Sizes Mini-books
  • Fruit Color Cards & Pocket
  • Praise the Lord Simple Fold Book
  • Manners Mini-books
  • Hand and Fingerprints Simple Fold Book
  • Musical Instruments Hotdog Book
  • Counting Monkeys Folder
  • Monkey Songs Layer Book

How to Get Started

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb unit study and printables:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, or grab one from your local library.
  2. Print the Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb unit study and lapbook.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the printables you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of fun-filled Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb learning with your preschool student.

Download Your Unit Study and Lapbook

You can grab this free Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb unit study by clicking on the image below.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Unit Study & Lapbook

More Preschool Resources

After you finish your week of learning with the Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb unit study, try one of these other preschool unit studies:

The Napping House Unit Study & Lapbook
Mouse Paint Printables