Fall is my absolute favorite season. The smell of pumpkin and spice, wearing hoodies, walking on crunching leaves and feeling the chilly temperatures. It is relaxing and cozy. Leaves and pumpkins are my favorite. You can play in the leaves, decorate with them and they make excellent themes for learning activities! These Fall Leaves Alphabet Play Dough Mats are the perfect way to practice ABCs and strengthen fine motor skills as well.
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Fall Leaves Alphabet Play Dough Mats
Fall leaves make excellent tools for helping children learn and these mats are no different.
These play dough mats are perfect from September all the way through the end of November. With fall colored play dough, these mats are a fantastic way to help children with letter formation, letter recognition and even beginning sounds.
These Fall Leaves Play Dough Mats come in a full alphabet set, including both upper and lowercase!
Who Should Use These Alphabet Play Dough Mats?
They’re perfect for children from toddlers all the way through Kindergarten.
Children who are just beginning to explore the alphabet will benefit from these play dough mats as will children who are learning beginning sounds or even sight words!
The best part of these play dough mats is that they can be used any time of the year, for many holidays, and can fit into various themes!
Not only are these play dough mats extremely beneficial for literacy, exploring ABCs, beginning sounds and sight words but have other development benefits as well.
These mats, in combination with play dough, become a fabulous sensory activity, help strengthen fine motor skills as well as assisting with prewriting.
Each page has it’s own letter, both upper and lower case. Each is decorated with fun fall leaves and pumpkins to help motivate children to enjoy the letter mats.
Related Resource: Alphabet Centers & Activities
Preparing The Play Dough Mats
If you haven’t used printable play dough mats in your home or classroom before, you are in for a treat. Children will love these play dough mats so much they won’t realize they are in fact learning!
Once these mats are prepared, they are prepared forever. This is such a low prep activity, you’ll want more and more.
The first thing I do is print out the set. Next I like to laminate each page. The purpose of this is to make sure the play dough doesn’t stick to the paper.
Money Saving Tip: If you would like to save on lamination sheets, you can laminate the pages back to back.
How To Use With Play Dough:
- The letters can be filled in completely with play dough.
- Use different colors of play dough in each letter.
- Children can create balls of play dough to make dotted lines through the letter.
- Create snakes with the play dough to ‘write’ the letters.
- Play Dough Tools are also fantastic for this activity.
Alternative Play Ideas:
These ABC Mats are not limited to only play dough. You can also use other objects to fill the letters. For instance:
Benefits Of Alphabet Play Dough Mats
Some kids need extra encouragement to do learning activities and this can easily be done by adding a fun factor. Play dough alone can be a super fun activity that most children enjoy, so adding learning to this activity is perfect.
This is a fantastic set for a literacy center in a classroom or as an ABC activity at home.
More Benefits of Play Dough in the Classroom:
- 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.
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