I absolutely love gingerbread themed activities during the Christmas season. They are so fun and festive, and I love adding new learning activities to our day. One of our favorite things any time is play dough, and we love any excuse to dig out our play dough tools and have a blast creating. These gumdrop counting play dough mats are a great hands on math center for December, and are oh so fun!
These are the perfect companion to our Gingerbread Math and Literacy Centers.
Counting Gumdrops Play Dough Mats
These mats are easy to prep and pretty versatile – you can use a variety of supplies with them.
After I laminated them, I set them up with play dough because we have plenty of it on hand, but you could also use real gumdrops, beads, sequins – whatever you have in your craft closet!
Another fun alternative is to use fine motor tweezers and have kids pick up small objects to place on the gingerbread man for “gumdrops.” Counting and fine motor – win win!
The mats are numbered from 1-10 and incorporate both written numerals and number words, as well as the number word used in a sentence.
We used it as a simple counting activity, rolling up the correct number of “gumdrops” with play dough bits and placing them on the gingerbread man, but for kids that are ready for more of a challenge you could incorporate addition as well.
For instance, with some groups I have two colors of play dough, and I ask them to use both colors to show me a total of __. This requires them to combine sets and break apart a number to see what it is made of, and is great practice with composing and decomposing numbers.
Grab Your Copy
Ready to play? Grab some play dough and then download your own set of the gumdrop counting play dough mats by clicking the yellow button below!
Then, be sure to grab our 22 fun and festive Gingerbread Math and Literacy Centers too!
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