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Grade Level(s): 1-2
By: Lisa Rose, Preservice Early Childhood Teacher

Activities using the book Hands!


  • Hands! by Virginia L. Kroll
  • Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue


Anticipatory Set:
  • Read the book aloud to the children.
  • Ask the children to name some things they can do with their hands. Objective and Purpose:
    • The students will create a picture using cut-outs of their hands and write a caption with the purpose of conveying something they can do with their hands.
    Instructional Input:
    • Engage the children in a discussion of things people do with their hands.
    • Ask the children to think of something positive they can do with their hands.
    Guided Practice:
    • Go through the procedure for tracing one hand together.
    • Work together to write the captions.
    Independent Practice:
    • Students will trace on hand.
    • Students will cut out their hands.
    • Students will glue their hands on the paper.
    • Review some of the things people in the book did with their hands.
    • Discuss ways students can use their hands to help others.


    I used this lesson in a multi-age classroom (4-7yr) for one of my practicums. The children really enjoyed it. They had some wonderful responses for ways they could help other people with their hands and even included some things they had done during the lesson, such as helping each other trace! I feel this activity helped make the children aware of their abilites to help others and realize that even though they are young there are many things they can do.

    Copyright 1999 by Lisa Rose. All Rights Reserved.


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