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Playdough and math collide in this fun activity–bat shape playdough mats. You could use these shape mats as a center activity for a forest animal theme unit or a Halloween theme unit.

Benefits of the Bat Shape Playdough Mats

The shape playdough mats provide several benefits for your early learners:

Strengthens Grip
Squeezing, squishing, and warming up the playdough helps to strengthen your student’s grip.

Builds Fine Motor Skills
Rolling the dough into pieces and flattening it to fill the shape on the playdough mat helps boost your student’s fine motor skills.

Boosts Creativity
After your student builds the shape, give your student a challenge to turn the shape into something. For instance, an oval could become a balloon, a submarine, or a watermelon.

Analyze Shapes
You can also use the playdough mats to help your student analyze two-dimensional shapes. Ask questions. Is an octagon like a hexagon? How are they the same? How are they different? How many sides does a pentagon have? How many sides does a diamond have? Which one of the shapes looks the most like a bat?

What’s Included in the Bat Shape Playdough Mats?

This set of playdough mats includes twelve different shapes: rectangle, heart, square, diamond, circle, star, oval, triangle, octagon, hexagon, crescent, and pentagon.

It also includes two different versions: full color (to laminate and use over and over again) as well as black and white.

How to Get Started with the Bat Shape Playdough Mats

The printable shape mats are easy to use.

  1. Print the shape playdough mats.
  2. Laminate the mat, or put it in a Dry Erase Sleeve or page protector.
  3. Gather playdough.
  4. Show your student how to use the playdough to make the shape on the card.

Get Your Set of Shape Playdough Mats

Just click on the image below to snag your free set of bat playdough mats.

Bat Shapes Playdough Mats

More Halloween Themed Activities & Printables

Are you looking for more Halloween themed activities and printables for your preschool and kindergarten students? Try these: