Counting Practice and Number Recognition with Playdough
In my never ending quest to make learning fun and provide hands on educational activities for my boys, I set up an invitation to create playdough turkeys and work on preschool math skills. We played a few simple math games that focused on number recognition, counting practice, and one to one correspondence. Making playdough turkeys also added an element of creativity to the process.
I set out all the elements with our chocolate playdough and invited J-Bug (4) to join me. JZ (6) wanted to play as well.
First we created the turkeys. I left this project open ended and let the boys use their imaginations.
How to Use Playdough for Preschool Math
Once the boys had put together a couple of playdough turkeys I set numbers in front of the turkeys. I also set out the corresponding number of buttons. J-Bug put the correct amount of feathers in each turkey.
In addition to preschool math skills this activity builds fine motor skills.
J-Bug did the numbers 1-10 before we called it quits. Then he and JZ played with the playdough and made some pretty special turkeys.
J-Bug's turkey reminded me of an Angry Bird or a Bad Piggy.
I told JZ his turkey looked like a pumpkin, and he replied, "No it's a turkey wearing his Halloween costume." Ha! Love that kid.
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