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 were 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.
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What is a playdough mat?
A playdough mat is something that you use to build kinds of fine motor skills. these just happen the be shape play dough mats.
The shape playdough mats are simple and easy to set up and use. Each shape 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.
Things to use with the Shape Playdough Mats
There are just a few of the items we used with these playdough mats.
- copy paper
- white cardstock
- sheet protectors
- laminating pouches
- dry erase markers
- Wild About Animals Jungle Counters
How we used the shape playdough mat for hands-on learning
There is never just one way to use a printable! I like to show a few ways that they can be fun for kids!
Shape Playdough Mat With Playdough
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.
Shape Playdough Mat With Tracing
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.
Shape Playdough Mat With Objects
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.
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 the Shape Playdough Mat Set:
- 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.
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