Here's a fun and simple way to turn playing with playdough into a little numeracy fun too!
I set out some playdough (black because it was the first to come to hand - I think it looks pretty cool against the neon numbers right?) a few tools (plastic cutlery and rolling pins) and some magnetic numbers - I didn't suggest what to do, I always try to leave set-ups like this for Vin to 'find' and explore in his own way.
At first he wanted to press the letters into the dough, to make number impressions - great for number recognition. Then we had a go at some one to one correspondence - matching playdough balls with the correct number.
For and older kid you could use playdough to explore fractions - the fun of actually cutting up your 'whole' adds a real hands on learning.
Vin made some standing numbers, so he had a go at number sequencing - older kids could explore sequencing in twos, or all even numbers for example.
I hid some numbers in balls of dough for Vin to discover - this is a great way for kids to get hands on with the shape of numbers (or letters if you have them) and practise number recognition as they call out their finds!
Later I added some beads - adding a new element to playtime always sustains interest, plus tiny things like beads, pasta or cut up straws are a good fine motor work out too...
I always say it, but I always forget, it's always the simplest setups, the ones where I have no plan in mind that result in the most fun - and more fun is always the best kind of fun!