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Moving Through Math Free Resources

Math Objectives
Spatial Relationships and Positional Language

Materials Required:

  • Paper for Story Maps
  • Pencils

Arts Integration: Drama, Finger Play
Grade Level: Pre-K - Kingergarten
Group Size: Whole Class or Small Group
Time: 10-15 minutes


Homer and Fluffy at the TOP/BOTTOM of the Slide


In this free arts integration learning activity use your voice, body, and facial expression to teach PreK-K children about spatial relationships. Follow the lesson plan and watch the accompanying video to learn how to lead children in a finger play story. Use your two hands to create the story’s two characters — Homer and Fluffy. Whatever Fluffy does, Homer wants to do the opposite! When Fluffy waits at the top of the slide, Homer is determined to stay at the bottom! Children love acting out Homer’s stubborn character. After telling the story using their hands and bodies,  students draw a simple story map to demonstrate their understanding of “Up high at the Top” and “Down Low at the Bottom.”

This lesson plan includes six Homer and Fluffy finger play stories. Each hilarious tale teaches a different pair of spatial opposites: top/bottom; inside/outside; over/under; on/off, near/far; and in front of/behind.

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