The Magic Finger Activities

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

'The Magic Finger' is a fictional book that sees a family turn into miniature people because they like to hunt. The following activities will allow students to recall specific scenes and events while formulating opinions and discussing their experiences.

The Magic Finger Summary

The Magic Finger is an exciting read for students. This activity will allow them to incorporate some fun into creating a book summary.


  • 8½ x 11 paper
  • Markers or crayons


Ask students to define a scene as it relates to a story line. Tell them a scene is a place where the action occurs. Give each student a piece of paper. Tell them to place the 8½ side of the paper at the top of their desk, then fold downward. Then, tell them to take the left side and fold to the right; this creates a booklet. Staple the booklet at the top left and cut along the fold lines at the top. Then, give students the following instructions:

  • Draw and color the front cover of your The Magic Finger summary
  • Draw and color a memorable scene on each page of the booklet. But, make sure the back page ends with the last scene in the book.

Afterwards, allow students to share their artistic work.

Consequences and Important Lessons

The unnamed eight-year-old girl despises hunting and she voices her hatred about the Greggs' hobby on a regular basis. However, they ignore her wishes and severe consequences are imposed. Students will become familiar with the characters' consequences outlined in the story line and learn how to make good decisions by analyzing their consequences in this activity.


Ask students if they've ever heard the phrase, ''For every action, there's a reaction''? Tell students that actions can be positive or negative. Poll the class and ask them to brainstorm a positive action they recently completed that brought about a positive reaction. Allow students to share their thoughts. Now, ask students to think about a time when they committed a negative action and a negative reaction occurred. Ask students to discuss what they could have done better to produce more favorable results. Tell students it's important to make good choices to minimize negative reactions.

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