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Fingerprint Investigation

Take a closer look at your own fingerprints and discover the unique patterns and ridges that make them one-of-a-kind.

Materials Needed

Fingerprints Investigation

Difficulty Level: Medium

Time Needed: 5 minutes

Best done: Indoors 

Mess Level: Meidum


Materials Needed

  • Non toxic ink pad

  • Fingerprint Page

Time to Experiment!

  • First let children look at their fingers, and those of their friends see if they notice anything different about them.

  • Then explain that everybody has different fingerprints, just like we all look different in other ways too!

  • Have children stick fingers in ink and put it on their pages, let them observe and see what they notice! Does anybody have a finger(s) that look similar? Does anybody have a scar or birth mark that shows up on their fingerprint?

  • Ask children to identify each of their fingerprint types and make tallies on their page. (Please note the fingerprint types are simplified-there are many resources online that show more complicated versions!

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