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Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the cooler weather, the seasonal festivities, and doing fall-themed activities in my classroom! Sometimes it is fun to incorporate a bit of the season into our daily learning if we can. We love pumpkin-themed activities such as these free Pumpkin Number Mats, which are perfect for practicing counting and number formation in a fun way!
*Pair with our Printable Play Dough Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Pumpkin Number Mats
To prepare these fun math mats for your students, first, print them out and laminate them so they hold up to the play dough and don’t tear. Then, grab your play dough and a dry erase marker and you are all set!
You can also use counters or other fun manipulatives such as mini erasers or pom poms to fill in the ten frames.
I like to use play dough for this activity because the pinching and forming of the number is great for strengthening little fingers and building up those writing muscles!
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How to Play
To play, we first pinched off the pieces of play dough and rolled them into balls to fill in the ten frame. Then we formed the number with play dough.
When we were done filling in our ten frame and number, we practiced writing the number on the printing lines with a dry erase marker. We used fine tip dry erase markers so the students were able to grip them comfortably like a pencil.
Teacher Tip: Store each dry erase marker in a kid’s sock. This makes an instant marker storage and eraser on the go!
These math mats work with numbers 1-10 and are great for learning number formation in a hands-on way. Plus, they’re perfect for introducing the concept of a ten frame and how it is used to show quantity and groups!
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Ready to work on number formation and ten frames with your students this fall? Get your free copy of the Pumpkin Number Mats by clicking the large, yellow download button below!
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