Number Playdough Mats

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.


Getting Ready

These free printable playdough mats are super easy to prepare. Simply download the file,  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.

Free Number Playdough Mats. {Playdough to Plato}Use the dry-erase crayon to write the number in the empty box. Then, you can count the number of cupcakes the bird is holding on the left-hand side of the number mats.

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…)

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  1. Barb

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

  2. Jen

    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.

    • Kim

      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.

      • Bernadette

        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.

        • Kimberleigh

          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. Teresa

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

  4. verna

    Thank you.

  5. Dara

    Very useful and beautiful! Thank you!!

    • Kimberleigh

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

  6. Laura Swofford

    Thank you so much for these!

    • Kimberleigh

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

  7. Haelene Van Der Walt

    Hi, there! The Download button is not working!

    • Ashley

      Hi Haelene,
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