Children love to use play dough and these mats are a fun way for students to practice number sense all year long.
Print the mats in color or black and white and laminate for durability. Leave them in your math center, along with play dough and dry erase markers.
Students make snakes out of the play dough and lay them on the number words. Then, they use dry erase markers to fill out the rest of the math mat.
Remembering how to spell number words is always challenging and the children will greatly benefit from repeated practice. Having the coins on each mat will definitely help with coin recognition. Those who are ready, can count the value of the coins.
You can put all the mats out at once, or just a few, for more specific number practice. Learning about odd and even? Put out just the odd mats or just the even mats. Learning how to skip count? Just put out the mats to help your students count by 2s, 5s, etc.
The black and white mats can also be used as activity sheets. Just photocopy one for each child and, instead of using play dough, children can decorate the number word, using crayons or markers.
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