Teaching Numbers with Play Dough Low-Prep Activity

It’s no secret that we absolutely love learning with play dough here. With our fun collection of play dough number mats and fun printables, we can’t get enough of the squishy stuff! But we do more than just use printables with our play dough. By adding some simple number buttons we had a fun evening of number with play dough.

numbers and play doughMaterials needed for Teaching Numbers with Play Dough:

Number Buttons

Play Dough

We started out with number order. This was super easy for Jaida, of course, since she’s in the first grade, but I wanted to use it as a building block for something else.

number buttons in play doughIf you were working with a younger child you could start by having them sort all the numbers into piles so that they are easy to find. This will build number recognition, as well as, make it easier for her to find the numbers as they are needed.

After Jaida had the numbers in order, I started removing one random button at a time and had her figure out which number was missing.

Then, I removed a couple at a time. This led to us working on odd and even numbers.

skip counting with number buttons

Jaida was having a lot of fun, so I decided to extend the activity a bit further.

Since she knows how to read numbers to 999, I thought we would do a bit of practice. She still has problems remembering the difference between 8s and 9s when she is reading larger numbers, so I made sure to throw in several numbers with those numerals.

number recognition

This activity was so customizable! We will definitely be using these buttons for other math activities. With the amount of numbers in the package, you can easily create much larger numbers as well.

Just like yesterday’s low-prep button activity, this is a very easy lesson to prepare. Especially if you already have some play dough made. And if you don’t have any play dough made, you make that as part of a math lesson too!

numbers in play dough

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