Play Dough Number Mats have been the #1 resource on my blog for over 6 months now. Obviously people, like you, are looking for some fun, hands-on way to introduce numbers to their preschoolers and kindergarteners. These Free Printable Valentine Number Mats for 1-10 can be used in so many ways! You can use a different material each time you play with them to make it feel like a different activity each time.
Print and laminate.
This time around we used mini cupcake erasers that we found at the Target Dollar Spot to build the numbers.
By combining, one-to-one correspondence, numerals, words, and ten-frames on one activity, kids have the opportunity to make connections between the different formats of the numbers.
Have your child build the numbers in multiple ways. Then, she can trace the numbers and the words with her fingers to help internalize the shapes of the letters and numbers. We have also created the numbers with play dough and traced them with dry-erase markers/crayons.
Rolling out the play dough and picking up the tiny objects makes this activity a great opportunity to work on fine-motor skills as well.
We have used play dough and candies along with pom poms and these cute heart mini erasers.