Play dough mats are the perfect grab-and-go activity. They are also a great multi-sensory tool for teaching because they engage the hands, as well as, the mind.
All of my kids enjoy the challenge of these mats, but my youngest benefits the most from this hands-on instruction as she is learning her numbers.
Using play dough, I have my daughter practice a mat. If it’s her first time with a particular number, I help her with counting, ten/twenty frames, and number/letter formation as needed.
These play dough mats are super easy to put together. Simply print then laminate. You definitely want to laminate, so you can reuse these mats over and over. This is the laminator and materials I use:
Play Dough Alternative
I know I’ve shared this before, but a great, gluten-free alternative to play dough is Mad Matter. It is super soft, doesn’t dry out, is much easier to clean up, and doesn’t stink.
Download Play Dough Mats
This is a 26-page, Spring-themed, printable pack that focuses on the building of fine motor skills while teaching numbers 1-20. Furthermore, each page has colorful, friendly, spring characters and elements to reinforce the season’s qualities .
This activity focuses on teaching or reinforcing the following skills:
- Number/letter recognition
- Number/letter formation
- Ten frame counting
- Twenty frame counting
- Random order counting
- Fine motor skills
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