Shapes are fun to work on. I love having hands-on ideas for shapes. It makes it so much fun to learn with them. After we have the shape coloring pages the playdough mats where the next step. These give you a hands-on shape learning center that can be used over and over.
I love that playdough mats help build fine motor skills while learning. Plus it is almost like playing making the playdough snakes for the mats.
These are simple and easy to set up and use. Each mat has one shape with two lines around for kids to use for the playdough area.
They are simple with just the shape word, shape in the middle, and a small image of the shape as well. I like to either laminate the pages or put them in sheet protectors. If you are going to use them often printing them on cardstock helps as well.
How we used the shape playdough mat for hands-on learning
The most basic way is with playdough! I love watching my girls make the playdough snakes. It is fun to see how they fill the space. I store the mats in sheet protectors to make it easy for me to switch out the mat we are working on.
If you want to try some tracing you can have kids trace between the lines. I have it in a sheet protector and have them trace with dry erase markers. It makes it a great fine motor activity for them to do.
Another way is to use objects to outline the shape. We use the Wild About Animals Jungle Counters. They are great size for doing this activity and any of the couners would work.
Here are some things we plan on using this these shape playdough mats.
Graphics by Melonheadz Illustrating and Doodles.
What you will find in the Free Shape Playdough Mats
- Shape playdough mats for the following shapes: circle, square, rectangle, oval, diamond, triangle, star, heart, crescent, hexagon, parallelogram, and octagon.
- 12 pages
What you will find in the Shape Playdough Mat Set
Fun Shape playdough maths with three different options that include tracing and playdough words.
What you will find in these printables:
- Shapes: circle, square, triangle, oval, star, rectangle, ring, crescent, heart, diamond, rhombus hexagon, pentagon, and octagon
- Page with playdough mat, picture and playdough word
- Page with playdough mat, picture and tracing word
- Page with Playdough mat, picture and shape tracing
- Price: $3
You can check out a sample of these playdough mats here.
Here are some other shape printables and activities on 3 Dinosaurs:
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com