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Turn playtime with playdough into an educational adventure with these Insect Playdough Mats.
Benefits of Playing with the Insect Playdough Mats
When we think of playdough play, we know that all the squishing, twisting, and turning boosts fine motor skills, but playing with playdough also develops creativity, problem-solving skills, and language.
Playdough play encourages creativity and imagination. The playdough images on the — cycle playdough mats are black and white. This causes the student to imagine what colors of playdough to use. Students can also use playdough to add details to the mats such as sunshine or clouds.
Children can try different approaches to completing the tasks without breaking anything—because it’s just dough! This encourages problem-solving skills.
The insect playdough activities will also encourage language and literacy. Students will review or learn some new vocabulary words such as thorax, abdomen, and antennae.
Creating with playdough is also wonderful for children because it gives them a sense of pride when they complete a task.
What’s Included in the Insect Playdough Mats?
This file includes three playdough mats.
The first mat is for beginning readers who are learning alphabet sounds: I is for insect.
The second playdough mat can be used to teach your student about the body parts of an insect. It includes a diagram. Your student can use playdough to re-create an insect on that page.
The third page is similar except the insect diagram includes wings.
Your student can imagine and build an insect (with all of the correct body parts) on the final page.
How to Get Started with the Build an Insect Playdough Mats
1. Laminate the playdough mats or put each one in a dry erase pocket or page protector.
2. Give your student playdough and let her complete the activities (right on the mats!).
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More Playdough Mats
Does your student love squishing, rolling, and building with playdough? Try some of these other playdough printables.