Use your knuckles to figure out which months have 31 days! – An easy way to teach kids how many days are in each month.
I don’t know about you, but as a kid I could never remember the rhyme that taught how many days there are in a month. You know the one that starts with : “30 Days has September”… I was good with that part, but I couldn’t remember which months to recite next. Thankfully, at a young age, a school friend taught me this really easy trick to remember how many days are in each month. Oh, I do love a simple trick that simplifies life just a little bit.
Use the knuckle trick to remember which months have 31 days!
My younger son offered up his hand for these photos because, well… let’s just say there’s nothing quite like a close-up shot of your 40+ hand to make you realize you’re not quite as young as you feel. If you don’t believe me try it. Unless you’re a hand model, or under 30, you might be in for a surprise. I was like “WHAT? That’s not MY hand! That’s my MOTHER’S hand!” It wasn’t pretty folks, so thank you, Andrew, for stepping up and filling in!
Ok, so you’ve taught your kids how many days are in a year (365), and you’ve taught your kids how many months are in a year (12). Now it’s time to teach them how to remember how many days are in a month, but that depends on which month you’re talking about of course.
Easy way to remember how many days are in a month.
The trick I’m about to show you is such an easy way to remember which months have 30 days and which months have 31!
You’re going to love this! Your kids are going to love this! Your friends are going to love this.
Make a fist:
Your fist can either face toward you or away from you. For the sake of the photos, we have it facing us, because between you and me, the photo of Andrew’s fist facing away from the camera made it look like he had a mutant toad hand.
Tap your knuckles:
Now, all you do is tap each of your knuckles, and the wells in between, while reciting the months of the year. You’ll start with the knuckle of your pointer finger and work your way to the knuckle on your baby finger.
When you get to the end of your hand, go back to the first knuckle, and continue reciting.
Your knuckles, which are higher up than the wells in between represent the months with 31 days. Get it? Higher up = higher number of days. The wells in between your knuckles represent the months with 30 days (lower down = lower number of days).
All you really have to remember is that February only has 28 days ( or 29 in a leap year).
That’s a lot easier to remember than that silly old rhyme, don’t you think? 🙂
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.