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Everyone loves play dough, right? I even love play dough. My daughter and I can sit and play with play dough for hours without losing interest. It is one of those activities that is timeless, full of benefits, and incredibly fun. Although my daughter loves learning new things, I know not every child does. Some children require inherently fun and hands-on activities with learning infused in, which these free Alphabet Valentine Play Dough Mats are perfect for!
*Pair with our Valentine’s Day Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Alphabet Valentine Play Dough Mats
I feel like Christmas just ended, but Valentine’s Day is quickly creeping up. It is one of my favorite holidays though, so I don’t mind. Since my daughter was born, holidays have become an extra reason to do fun things. It seems like any simple activity can be transformed into something magnificent when it has a holiday theme attached. So, of course, we do holiday-themed learning activities!
Each page of these play dough mats has fun heart and bumblebee Valentine’s Day-themed pictures. They also each have an uppercase and a lowercase letter. This download includes 26 pages showing letter combinations for each letter of the alphabet.
How To Use The Valentine’s Day Play Dough Mats
If you haven’t used printable play dough mats before, you are in for a treat. Your kids will enjoy using them and you will be ecstatic over the fact that you only have to prep them once for tons of learning in the future!
What I like to do is print out each page and then laminate them. I have laminated them each single paged, but I have also laminated two pages back to back to save paper and lamination.
Which way you choose to prep this activity depends on how many kids will be using them and how often each letter will get used at one time.
Laminating them is what makes it easy to wipe off any excess play dough without ruining the pages. Once they are laminated they will last you forever!
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Ways to Play:
- Creating balls of play dough to make a dotted line inside the bubble letter.
- Create snakes with the play dough to ‘write’ the letter.
- Fill the letter completely using play dough.
- Play dough tools can be used to ‘smash’ the play dough into the bubble letters, creating various textures on the letters.
- These play dough mats can also be used with dry erase markers to write the letter inside the bubble letter.
Benefits Of Alphabet Play Dough Mats
As I said above, some kids need a fun factor to really be encouraged to do a learning activity. There is no shame in that, it is very common. Play dough alone is a super fun activity that most kids enjoy.
These Valentine Play Dough Mats are full of fun AND full of benefits:
- Play Dough is a fantastic way to strengthen fine motor skills, which helps with pre-writing skills
- Play dough can be calming and stress relieving
- Encourages development of hand-eye coordination
- Excellent sensory play activity
- Increases creativity and imagination
- Will help with letter recognition and letter formation
- Is a fun way to introduce beginning sounds
These Alphabet Valentine Play Dough Mats are excellent for centers or morning work in the weeks prior to the ‘loveliest’ holiday, Valentine’s Day!
Grab Your FREE Copy
Ready to practice the alphabet? Grab some play dough, and then print your free copy of the Alphabet Valentine Play Dough Mats by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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