I pull out playdough A LOT. It’s such a playful way to learn so many different skills at once. And these number playdough mats are no exception! They’re a hands-on way to work on number recognition, counting, one-to-one correspondence AND fine motor practice.

Snag your set below and then hop over and grab dozens more playdough mats in our shop!

Getting Ready

These free printable playdough mats are quick and easy to prep!

I just printed the sheets and slide them through my laminator to make them reusable.

If you don’t want to laminate, you can use a page protector, but laminating will make them more durable and longer-lasting.

Then I gathered some beads, playdough and dry-erase markers and we were ready to jump in and start learning.

Number Playdough Mats


Playdough Mats

There are several different ways for kids to use the mats for number practice…

First, students can work on number sequencing and writing by finding the missing number in the line at the top of each mat.

In the example below, students would figure out that the 2 had disappeared and then they would write it in the empty box with their dry-erase marker.

Free Number Playdough Mats. {Playdough to Plato}Their playdough will come in handy for everything else!

Students will trace the large number in the center of the mat, fill in the ten frame with playdough balls, and add two playdough sprinkles to the cupcake icing.

NOTE: We used beads on our ten frame instead of playdough balls so please feel free to swap out your manipulatives too!

Grab Your Playdough Mats

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  1. These are great, thank you! I just pinned so I remember to use them in September with my new grade one class. Thanks.

  2. Hi,
    I love these pages! But I have to say that I am disapointed and frustrated to have wasted all that ink and card stock to discover that the edges with the little birds and cupcakes have all been cut off by my printer. It would have been nice to have had these sized correctly to leave edges around them so that this wouldn’t happen.

    1. As with all PDFs you need to select the “scale to fit” option on your printer. The files are sized correctly for an 8.5×11 page, but due to printer differences, you need to select that when printing.

      1. The left edge with the little bird and cupcakes was cut off on my pages also when I printed, and I checked “fit to page.” The right side was not cut off and had almost half an inch white space. If the width were one half inch smaller, it would probably print with A+ success.

        1. Hello Bernadette,
          I am so sorry you are having trouble getting it to print properly. I would try exiting the document, turning the printer off and then back on again and trying printing again. Sometimes the wires just get crossed a bit- make sure to click, fit to page and landscape 8.5×11 page.
          I hope this helps!
          Kimberleigh // Happiness Ambassador

  3. Love these! They are so colorful and the children love using different materials to count using them.

    1. Thanks, Dara!
      Playdough is so much fun and these mats are a great way to play and learn.
      Stay inspired,

    1. Welcome Laura,
      I hope you and your kids find hours of fun and learning!
      Kimberleigh // Happiness Ambassador

  4. Hi, there! The Download button is not working!

    1. Hi Haelene,
      Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry you’re having trouble downloading. We never want that.
      Please check to be sure you’ve enabled pop-ups from our site. Even if you’ve been able to download before, the site was recently updated and you may need to do so again. We also recommend using the Chrome browser. For instructions on how to enable pop ups in Chrome, you can check out THIS ARTICLE.
      You can also check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help. If you still can’t get it to work, you can email me at hello@www.playdoughtoplato.com and I will get it to you.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

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