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Kids love the zoo! Turn playtime with playdough into a trip to the zoo and an opportunity to learn about colors with these Zoo Playdough Mats.

Benefits of Playing with the Zoo Colors Playdough Printable

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 experimenting and problem-solving. Children can try different approaches to completing the tasks without breaking anything—because it’s just dough!

The Zoo Colors Playdough Mats will also encourage language and literacy. Students will learn or review some new vocabulary words such as sign and zookeeper.

Students will also learn or review these color words: pink, orange, black, white, brown, gray, yellow, red, and blue.

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 Zoo Playdough Mats?

This file includes eight playdough mats starring these zoo animals: zebra, tiger, monkey, elephant, lion, and giraffe.

Each mat has directions for your student to create a zoo object with playdough.

For instance, the first mat directs: Make a pink sign.

The second mat directs: Make an orange tiger.

How to Get Started with the Zoo Playdough Mats

It’s super simple to get started with this learning activity.

  1. Laminate the playdough mats or put each one in a dry erase pocket or page protector.
  2. Give your student playdough and one playdough mat.
  3. Encourage your student to create the zoo animals and items with the color directed on the mat.

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More Zoo Printables for Your Early Learner

A zoo theme is a great way to build on your preschool or kindergarten student’s love of animals. Try some of these zoo printables:

Zoo Animals Count and Clip Cards
Reptile Printables