Thumbkin To Do

Humans have thumbthing special that distinguishes us from most other species; our opposable thumb, so called because it can touch each other fingertip to tip. The other mammals with opposable thumbs include apes, monkeys, koalas, and opossums. The thumbs flexibility and strength (nine muscles control it) give us exceptional grasping and fine motor abilities and allow us to excel at things like writing and tool-making. Still not convinced how awethumb it is? Try NOT using your thumbs (tape them to your palms if you have to) to accomplish these activities:

  • Tie your shoelaces
  • Pick up a coin from a flat surface
  • Seal a plastic bag
  • Shake hands with someone

What an awesome God we have. He created our bodies—even thought about giving us thumbs!

Adapted from Family Fun Magazine