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Playdough and math collide in this fun activity–shape playdough mats.
Benefits of the Shape Playdough Mats
The shape playdough mats provide several benefits for your little learners:
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.
After your student builds the shape, give your student a challenge to turn the shape into something. For instance, a circle could become a smiley face or a wheel.
You can also use the playdough mats to help your student analyze two-dimensional shapes. Ask questions. Is an oval like a circle? How are they the same? How are they different? How many sides does a triangle have? How many sides does a square have? Which one of the shapes looks the most like a kite?
What’s Included in the Printable 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 Playdough Mats
This printable shapes activity is easy to use.
- Print the shape playdough mats.
- Laminate the mat, or put it in a Dry Erase Sleeve or page protector.
- Gather playdough.
- Show your student how to use the playdough to make the shape on the card.
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More Shape Activities & Printables
We have several other engaging shape activities for preschool and kindergarten students. Try some of these: