March is getting closer, and that means not only are we nearing spring, but we are gearing up for some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities! One thing my kids always love is play dough. Another thing they love is dry erase markers. Put the two together and they are sold! These pot of gold number mats are perfect for working on numbers, counting, and handwriting in a fun, engaging way, and are sure to be a hit with your kids too!
Pot of Gold Number Mats
Learning your numbers is a lot more work than counting and recognizing the numeral. We are working on reading number words and subitizing (instantly recognizing sets without counting) in ten frames too! These mats give us tons of hands on practice.
I printed the mats and then laminated them so that I can use them from year to year. I then grabbed some yellow play dough to be our “gold.” I have the mini containers and they are perfect for activities like this! I also grabbed our classroom stash of dry erase markers and then we were all set to work!
I worked with a group who is working on writing their numbers neatly and building sets. We built the number on the ten frame, rolled the dough to build the number, and then practiced writing the number on the lines as well!
Since many of my kids are working on addition right now, you can differentiate this and make it an addition and decomposing numbers activity by adding in a second color of play dough. Have the students use the two colors to show an equation that makes the total number on the mat. They could even write the equation!
Download the Number Mats
Ready to count some “gold”?? Grab your play dough or treasure and download the number mats by clicking the yellow button at the very bottom of the post.
Then, work on tricky teen numbers with our St. Patrick’s Day Teen Number Counting Mats, too!
More St. Patrick’s Day Fun!
Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day activities? Check out the fun crafts and learning activities from some awesome kid bloggers!
St Patrick’s Day Preschool Potion Play from Crafty Kids at Home
Egg Carton Shamrock Craft from Play & Learn Everyday
Rainbow Rainmaker from Mum in the Mad House
Michael Finnigan Craft from Craftulate
Shamrock sun catcher craft from The Gingerbread House
Rainbow Hearts Craft from Our Whimsical Days
Shamrock Stones from Sunny Day Family
Luck of the Irish Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops from Crafty Mama in ME
Kids’ Kitchen: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes from Sugar, Spice & Glitter
St Patrick’s Day Counting Worksheet from Larabee UK
Pot of Gold Number Mats from The Kindergarten Connection
St Patricks’s Day Playdough from Clares Little Tots
Rainbow Buttons Color Sorting & Craft Activity from Kidz Activities
Pot o’ Gold DIY Piggy Bank from Playground Parkbench