Thursday, 19 July 2012

Number Playdough - Numeracy Fun

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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!


  1. Can I come play with you? You always have such wonderful posts.

  2. LOVE this Charlotte! I'm going to do this with my son tomorrow - it's pouring with rain here so this will be perfect! Sharing this on my FB wall.

  3. Great ideas!!! Thankyou :-)

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