Play dough has always been a favorite in this house. It’s one of those forms of play that is exciting and fun, creative, yet calming at the same time. We all need calming play in our lives, am I right? I also love that number ten-frames like this are a very quick activity. Almost no-prep and engages preschoolers in counting while they are playing. These free printable number ten frame play dough mats are perfect for preschool math centers!

Free printable play dough number mats with ten-frames, Fill in the ten-frame with play dough and create numbers with play dough

Recommended Grade Level:

Play Dough Ten Frame Mat Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Playdough

Strengthen Counting Skills With Ten Frame Number Cards

These play dough ten frame number mats are designed to be quick and easy. It’s an activity that you can pull out when you only have a short time, but want to do a productive activity with your kids.

Numbers 1, 2 3 from a set of numbers 1-10 play dough mats for preschool math centers and counting activity

These cards teach a variety of foundational math skills. They can help preschoolers with number recognition, the sequence of numbers, one to one correspondence and more!

Print and Go Number Activity

I love activities that are engaging for the kids, but I also love activities that require no preparation except printing and laminating.

I’m a little obsessed with my laminator and I use it for almost every activity we do because it takes about 10 seconds to laminate a piece of paper. I’m sure you’ve seen how quickly little preschooler hands can destroy a simple piece of paper, even card stock!

Any activity that doesn’t go into a write & wipe pouch, definitely gets laminated.

When it’s time to play, grab your favorite play dough colors and have fun learning. We used play dough to fill in the numbers. This can be done by rolling snakes to create the number or fill the space and cut along the lines, with a play dough tool.

Numbers 2 and 3 on play dough mats for preschool counting activity

If you love playdough as much as we do, check out this Ultimate Playdough Guide!

We also created a bunch of play dough balls to fill in the ten frames. This can be done with any shape of play dough, though!

The ten frames do already have dots to fill for the number. This is especially helpful for children who aren’t ready for independent counting.

Preschool counting activity for math centers build numbers with play dough and fill ten-frames for a fine motor sensory activty

There are also a few other options for using these ten frame number mats, besides using them with play dough.

  • Put on the wall in your school room or classroom as number posters. They are colorful and bright to help with positivity while also helping remind children about each number.
  • 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.
Build the number two with play dough and fill in the matching ten-frame with balls of play dough

Find even more engaging activities in the Life Over C’s shop!

Play dough ten-frame number counting mats counting to 10 for preschoolers
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
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. Do you happen to have these in numbers 11 – 20?

    BTW…you have been an awesome lifesaver during the pandemic! I could not have imagined creating assignments to load into Google Classrooms like yours for my students. I appreciate all that you have done and shared (for free)!!

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