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The giraffe needs some spots! Combine math and fine motor skills for a fun learning experience with this printable giraffe playdough math mat. It’s a perfect addition to a zoo theme for your preschool and kindergarten students.

Explore Counting and Number Quantities

The giraffe playdough math mat can be used to teach one-to-one correspondence as well as counting.

It includes a set of cards with numbers 1-20 on the cards.

If you want to explore counting with your student, draw one card. Student should add the corresponding number of spots to the math mat. If necessary, model the activity for your student so she will understand what she needs to do.

Explore Simple Addition and Subtraction

If you want to use the giraffe math mat to teach addition or subtraction, let your student draw two cards. Student can then add or subtract the two numbers and add the corresponding number of giraffe spots to the math mat.

Benefits of Hands-on Learning

The Giraffe Math Mat uses hands-on learning to teach counting and simple addition. As students roll the dice and add the manipulatives to the page, they are playing with math.

Hands-on learning is essential for preschool and kindergarten students.

  • It allows students to use their senses to explore new concepts.
  • It improves fine motor skills.
  • It allows young learners to make mistakes and problem solve.
  • It also engages multiple areas of their brains while creating new connections.

Your student can use a variety of manipulatives with this counting mat. You can use playdough to make the giraffe’s spots, or you can try brown pompoms or brown chocolate candies.

How to Get Started with the Free Giraffe Playdough Math Mat

The printable playdough math mat is easy to use.

  1. Print the giraffe math mat.
  2. Laminate the mat, or put it in a Dry Erase Sleeve or page protector.
  3. Gather playdough and any manipulatives you need.
  4. Show your student how to use the math mat.

Download the Free Giraffe Math Mat

Simply click on the image below to grab your printable playdough math mat and cards.

More Zoo Themed Printables

Are you building a zoo theme for your little learners? Try some of these resources and printables.

Zoo Tracing Worksheets
Zoo Tracing Shapes Worksheets
Zoo Pretend Play Printables