You are going to love these adorable Free Tree Play Dough Number Mats Counting 1 to 10! I love using play dough number mats to practice counting skills.  Counting mats for preschoolers are incredibly versatile and are a great way to introduce the skill of counting or to reinforce counting skills with older children.  Your child will love practicing counting and decorating the tree with play dough apples, lemons, flowers, leaves, or whatever else their imagination can dream up!

Free Play Dough Counting Mats

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Play Dough Counting Mats:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Pouches
  • Laminator
  • Play Dough

Learning with Number Counting Mats:

Number Sense with preschoolers


  • What does eight of something look like?
  • Is two fewer or more than five?
  • How do I figure out how many there are if I have 2 and then get 3 more?

By practicing all of these skills in one counting activity, you are also helping build your child’s number sense which will come in handy when they learn more complex math skills like addition and subtraction!

I love that number mats address so many skills, but it still feels like play for the kids. Such a fun learning activity!

These adorable counting mats can be used with a small group of students, individually in a math center, or as a fun transition before lunch.

 One of my favorite things about counting mats 1 – 10 is that they provide practice for so many skills. Here are just a few of the many skills you can practice with this number playdough mats free printable:

  • One to one correspondence
  • Numeral identification
  • Concept of addition
  • Using ten frames
  • Number recognition
  • Reading number words
  • Writing numbers 1-10 and number words
  • Fine motor skills
Play dough number mats for numbers 1-10. These adorable number mats are great for fine motor skills! Kids use ten-frames, counting and learn numerals and number words with these simple play dough mats.

Develop Skills with Number Counting Mats for Kids

Besides the fact that kids love working with their hands there are so many other reasons you should provide counting mat activities for your little learners.

Develop Reading Skills: Our counting mats include the written word of the number for children to start to identify number words. This is also a great way to focus on beginning sounds.

Develop Fine Motor Skills: Rolling and ripping off pieces of playdough helps develop fine motor skills in little hands and fingers. Placing other counting objects on the ten frame or tree uses a pinching motion that is great for tying shoes.

Develop Writing Skills: Children can be given an opportunity to trace or write the number as well as the number word. Beginning writing skills lead to segmenting letters to form words.

Develop Number Operations: Introducing a ten frame can be very helpful in showing children how to add and subtract small numbers. Our counting mats also give our kiddos the hands on experience they need.

How To Use These Free Tree Play Dough Number Counting Mats

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  • Print and laminate the activity for durability.

Using the Free Counting Mat Printable:

Practice reading the number, tracing the number, and building the number with your child.

Rolling out the play dough to form the numbers helps develop the fine-motor skills required for writing, in addition to teaching little ones number formation.

Have them trace the letters with their finger or a dry erase crayon. Then, have them fill in the ten-frame with play dough balls to represent the same number.

Instead of play dough, you could also use math counters, unpeeled stickers (like the foam stickers we used below), game pieces from Hi-Ho-Cherry O games, mini erasers, or small food toys.

We have also used these buttons!

Play dough number mats for numbers 1-10. These adorable number mats are great for fine motor skills! Kids use ten-frames, counting and learn numerals and number words with these simple play dough mats.

More Ways To Use These Free Play Dough Number Mats

Adding a Challenge: Extend the activity for older learners and have them use two colors of play dough to create addition problems on the tree and in the ten-frame. 1 apple + 3 apples= 4 apples. This is a great example of how you can use the counting mats for kindergarten students.

Greater or Less Than: Fill out two number mats and discuss greater than/less than. A visual model is wonderful for kids who don’t yet understand why one number is “greater” than another.

Take it Away: Introduce subtraction with these play dough mats. For example, if you are using apples for the manipulative on the math mat, present your child with a problem like “If there are five apples on the tree and two fall off, how many would be left on the tree?”

A Tree For All Seasons: Use these free printable number playdough mats year-round to talk about trees during different seasons. In the spring, you can put ‘flowers’ on the tree as we did. Or, you could turn them into apple counting mats or pick another favorite fruit to use on these counting playdough mats.

In Spanish: Work on additional skills with English language learners with our free printable counting mats Playdough Counting Number Mats.

Play a Game: Continue learning about counting and trees with the free printable number mats Chicka, Chicka, 1 2 3 Counting Mats.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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    1. This activity opens directly in your browser when you click “Get your printable Here”. You need to download it to your computer, open with Adobe and print.

  1. I cannot download the number matts – not sure what I’m doing wrong. I’ve tried following the instructions in the comments below, but I never get the option to add to cart.

    1. This activity opens directly in your browser when you click “Get your printable Here”. You need to download it to your computer, open with Adobe and print.

  2. hello I just tried printing off your wonderful tree numbers file and it would not print in colour. Can you please help me print them properly? Thank you

  3. Hello,

    I am a pre-kindergarten teacher and due to covid-19 we are now teaching online and trying to provide hands on activities for home. I would really love to share this with my families. Would you allow permission to post this to a private platform as PDF so parents can print it off to use for learning from home? We use a private platform called seesaw and would only be posting it there. If you prefer I download for each child/family individually and post separate PDF’s, I am happy to do so. Please advise? I have 20 students.

    Thank you so much for your consideration with this and I look forward to your reply 🙂

    1. Yes, during the school closures you may share the activities via a secure, private connection such as e-mail, Google Classroom or Seesaw.

  4. As a K-6 certified teacher I just have to say how thoroughly impressed I am with the quality of your resources. I am so grateful you offer so many for free. So generous! I’m now a stay at home mom and beginning to dabble in homeschooling my soon to be 3 year old and I’m so happy I found your site and resources. I’ve joined your newsletter and I look forward to purchasing your products in the future.

  5. Just downloaded these and they are so cute! Love em. Thank you so much! I wanted to ask, do you have these for numbers 11-20?

  6. I love the look of your play doh number mats and I have signed up to recieve them but they have not come through yet. I have checked my spam folderand they arenot there. Any suggestions.

    1. Without knowing the e-mail that you used to order the mats, I can’t check the status. I checked for the e-mail that you used to post this comment and have no record of an order. It’s possible that the order did not complete for some reason and you would just need to ‘purchase’ it again. If you register for an account and then order the mats, you can always log-in to the site and your ordered items will be available for download directly from the site instead of through an e-mail.

      I hope that helps!

    1. Did you click through to the store side of the website? You need to click through the link which will take you to the store. Then, click the ‘add to cart’ button, then ‘checkout’. After that you will receive two e-mails. One will be a confirmation of the order and the second e-mail will contain the link for the download. It is very possible that the second e-mail will go to your spam folder. If you do not see it within 5 minutes of making your order, I suggest checking your spam folder.

    1. If you click the download link it will take you to my shop where you can download the mats. After you add them to your cart and checkout, you will receive two e-mails. The first will be an order confirmation and the second will contain a link to the download. Click the link and it will automatically download to your computer.

    1. You should get a second e-mail with a link to the download. If you have not received that e-mail, I suggest checking your spam folder. I have not had any instances where the e-mails were not sent, so I’m quite certain that you would have received it. Then, you click on the link and it should automatically start downloading for you. If it does not automatically download, then the problem would be on your computer’s end. Let me know if you got the e-mail and tried clicking the link.

  7. REALLY great it’s the first time I came across your site.Thanks a lot for sharing for free very nice of you

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  8. Are these still available? Any time I click on a picture or link it says “page not found” or takes me to the “store” but nothing is listed in it. Thanks!

    1. Erica, Yes, These are still available. I was having some technical problems that were slowing down the loading of my site. It’s fixed now and you should be able to click on the links above and go into the shop to download them.


    1. Jennifer, You can get the mats by clicking on the final picture of the mats or the link above. Add the mats to your ‘cart’ and ‘checkout’. You will need to enter your e-mail and then an e-mail with a link to the download will be e-mailed to you immediately.

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