Here is a new set of math play dough mats for a pets theme: Dog Food and Cat Food. The top of each mat says “Put [#] pieces of food in the dog’s bowl.” Or, for the cat, “Put [#] pieces of food in the cat’s bowl.” Children will identify the numeral, and count out that amount of dog or cat food pieces to put in the bowl. Children can create the dog and cat food by rolling pieces of brown play dough into a ball. If you prefer to use something other than play dough, you could use floral flat marbles or pompoms.
I also made a mat that does not have a number, but simply says, “Put some food in the dog’s/cat’s bowl.” This mat is for toddlers who are not ready for counting yet, but need to practice fine motor skills with play dough.
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