Wow! The play dough tree mats that I made for counting from 1-10 a couple weeks ago have become so popular! I hope that you all are enjoying using them! Sunday, I received an e-mail from one of you requesting the play dough mats in Spanish. I confess, Spanish is not my strong suit. (Something to do with every time I try to speak Spanish, Georgian comes out instead…) But I can count in Spanish! This can even be a great tool for teaching Spanish to young children.
So I put together these play dough mats for counting from 1 to 10 in Spanish just for you!
How Can You Strengthen Counting With Ten Frames
With this quick and easy activity, young kids will get the hands-on learning that they crave. Ten frames are a great visual representation of what a specific amount looks like.
Children can also use this tool to show one-to-one correspondence as well as subitizing. Subitizing is when a child can tell you how many there are without counting.
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:
- Numeral identification
- Concept of addition
- Using ten frames
- Number recognition
- Reading number words
- Writing numbers 1-10 and number words
But How Does Play Dough Help?
Great question! Play dough is a versatile product that can be used with almost any activity. Whether you make it yourself or buy it from a store, Play dough helps build fine motor skills and lets children experience different textures.
When your kiddo is pulling apart the dough and rolling it into balls and lines to form the numbers, this is getting their tiny finger muscles and bones working. Sometimes using a doughy material that can easily be manipulated is easier to control then a pencil.
Then when the Play dough has been rolled into the correct shapes for the apples and numbers, students can not only see, but also feel what the number and amount looks like. This is perfect for visual and kinesthetic learners.
How To Use This Activity:
With very little prep time and few materials, the Spanish language playdough number mats are perfect for your English language learners or really anyone that wants to learn Spanish.
After printing out the activity on paper or cardstock, laminating the mats can ensure a longer lasting play time.
Choose your favorite color of Play dough and get to work rolling ‘apples’ and ‘snakes’. Have your child identify the number on the mat and then place the correct number of ‘apples’ on the ten frame and up in the trees. Then with their ‘snakes’ create the numbers on the right hand side of the mat.
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How Else Can You Use The Free Printable Number Playdough Mats?
There are also a few other options for using these ten frame number mats, besides using them with play dough.
- Place the colorful and laminated mats on your wall for number posters.
- Cut and laminate, then hole punch to add a book ring. These could be taken on the go or used as a simple activity for early finishers. They can even be used with a dry erase marker as tracing cards.
- Use Wikki Stix to create the numbers and mini erasers to fill the ten frames.
If you would prefer, you can find the Play Dough Trees for counting to 10 in English here.