An early math foundation is the ability to link a quantity of objects with its corresponding number. Before young children can compare, add, subtract, or estimate numbers, they must understand that the number 6 isn't just a random symbol. It is a representation of six things.
In this freebie edition of Play Dough Counting Mats 1-10, you will have access to play dough mats with an apple tree theme. The mats provide students with the opportunity to make up to 10 objects (with play dough) corresponding with the numbers on the play mats. For example, students must form eight play dough apples on the apple tree play dough mat that has a number 8 on it.
To access the full edition, which has 10 different play dough mat designs, click the following link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Play-Dough-Counting-Mats-1-10-717174
The play dough mats also have an unnumbered option that can be copied multiple times for addition problems, subtraction problems, comparisons, or whatever creative idea you can come up with using manipulatives such as dice and spinners.