These Trucks Play Dough Counting Mats are a learning activity where kids can have fun while they learn. They will practice counting and fine motor skills while using these play dough mats. These will go great with a Transportation Theme. You can also find many more Play Dough Mats here.
To prepare these mats, you just need to print them. You can laminate the mats or slip them in clear page protectors. I always choose to put them in page protectors and then I bind them together like a flip book using metal binder rings. That keeps them neat on the table in the child’s area, so they don’t spread them out all over the table.
Each mat says, “Load the truck with [#] stones.” Stones for the trucks will be easy for your preschool kids to make with play dough. They will identify the numeral on each page, and count out the correct number of “stones” to place in the truck on the mat. Show them how to pinch off a piece of play dough and roll it in their hands.
Many of you like to save ink. Here’s what to do: print what I refer to as the “toddler” mat. You’ll only need to print it once, then either write the numerals with a dry erase marker or place small number cards on the mat for children to count.
The toddler mat can also be used with younger children who need fine motor practice, but are not ready for counting. That mat says, “Load the truck with stones.”
Alternatives to play dough: If you prefer to use something other than play dough for counting practice, try these options:
- Use real pebbles that you’ve washed from outside
- Cut stones out of craft foam
- Use flat marbles (floral marbles)
- Draw the stones with dry erase markers
Download the Truck Play Dough Mats
Note: This printable is FREE. Just click to download.
Download the Trucks Counting Mats:
Download the Trucks Toddler Mat:
Truck Books to Read with This Activity