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Combine math and fine motor skills for an engaging hands-on experience with this printable Dinosaur Math Mat. It’s a perfect addition to a dinosaur themed unit study or dinosaur themed lesson plans for your preschool and kindergarten students.

### Explore Counting and Simple Addition with the Dinosaur Math Mat

The Dinosaur Math Mat can be used to teach counting, and it can be used to teach simple addition.

If you want to explore counting with your student, use one dice. Student rolls the dice, counts the dots, and uses manipulatives to add the corresponding number of horns (or spikes) to the math mat.

If you want to teach simple addition, your student will need two dice. Student rolls the dice and adds then numbers and then student places the corresponding number of manipulatives to the math mat.

### Benefits of Hands-on Learning

The Dinosaur 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 Dinosaur Math Mat. To add horns, you could use candy corn since they are triangular. You could also give your student small pieces of felt cut into triangles.

However, my favorite manipulative for this math mat is playdough. Let your student shape the playdough into small, triangular spikes.

### How to Get Started with the Dinosaur Math Mat

The printable Dinosaur Math Mat is easy to use.

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