Activity for ages 3 to 5.
We use playdough a lot at our house. I’m very insistent that learning shouldn’t be filled with a bunch of worksheets, so when it came time to learn numbers, I created these free printable playdough mats to give my kids hands-on number recognition, counting, one-to-one correspondence and fine motor practice.
These free printable playdough mats are super easy to prepare. Simply download the file HERE, print and laminate. If you don’t want to laminate, you can use a page protector, but laminating will make them more durable and longer-lasting.
Gather some beads, playdough and dry-erase crayons and get ready to have some fun while the kids learn!
Using the Playdough Mats
With these mats there are several ways for kids to learn to recognize and use numbers. Starting with the number line at the top, kids can learn which numbers come before and after the focus number. This gives kids some writing practice time too.
We love using the playdough to create the numbers in the center of the mat. It’s great for fine motor practice and makes school time feel a lot more like play time.
You can also use the playdough to fill in the ten-frame or you can use the beads like we did.
Practice reading and spelling the number word as well.
And last, but certainly not least, decorate the cupcake!! Put the correct number of sprinkles on the cupcake using the beads. This is definitely a favorite for my kids! (They are widely known for putting sprinkles on their otherwise very healthy oatmeal…)