Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Egg Play Dough Mats for Preschool

We are starting our Easter crafts late this year and have recently had a lot of fun with these Easter Egg Play Dough Mats.  We found lots of ways to explore colors, sorting, and numbers with them.  My husband actually made them for us and I love that they have the written form, numeric form, and a picture representation of each number to help the kids develop number correspondence.
Easter Egg Play Dough Mats for Preschool - Mamas Like Me

My toddler loved using play dough to create his own designs on the eggs.

Easter Egg Play Dough Mats for Preschool - Mamas Like Me 

Then, we rolled out balls to put on the eggs and practiced counting.  Play Dough is great for helping kids strengthen their hand muscles for later writing.

Easter Egg Play Dough Mats for Preschool - Mamas Like Me 
We also used our mats for some addition and subtraction exploration using pom balls.  "If I have 6 balls on my mat, how many more do I need to make 8?"
Easter Egg Play Dough Mats for Preschool - Mamas Like Me
And, one of their favorite activities was using the eggs to sort and count jelly beans!  In the past we've done other activities with DIY Jelly Bean Color Sorting mats and the kids just love working with candy as a manipulative, usually because I let them eat a few when we're done!
Easter Egg Play Dough Mats for Preschool - Mamas Like Me

How would you use these Easter Egg mats?

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2 comments:

  1. Wow, this is a great idea for teaching kids how to count! They seem really keen on it, I'm sure the multitude of colours and those big eggs were very attractive for them. Oh and I also liked very much that your husband was the one who made them. Thank your for the idea!

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  2. Tina - love this post AND the Easter Counting Printables! Kuddos for great play and learning!

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