Free 5 Little Pumpkins Play Dough Counting Mats
you can use this free set of 5 Little Pumpkins counting mats in your play dough center.
Directions for using the 5 Little Pumpkins play dough counting mats
Just print one mat for each child and laminate. Provide the children with orange play dough to use as pumpkins. They will select a card and place it on their mat in the space provided. Next, they will roll the correct number of dough balls to represent pumpkins and place them on the fence. When they are finished they can clear their mat and select a new card.
You might also want to add a small adhesive Velcro dot to the back of each card and place one on the mat in the space where the cards go. When little hands get busy rolling and squishing dough the cards will not stay in place for long unless they are secured.
Since not everybody celebrates this holiday I also included a mat that does not include a witch or a bat. Instead, change the phrase that mentions witches to the following; “The second one said, “There are birdies in the air.”
Fine Motor Skills
This is also a fine motor activity because rolling balls of dough strengthens the muscles in the arch of the hand (the palmar arch) that are necessary for writing and holding a pencil. For additional fine motor practice children can roll some balls of dough in advance and place them in a bowl or basket. Then they can use plastic tweezers to transfer the balls to the fence. This would provide additional practice strengthening the pincher grasp which is also important for developing muscles in the hand necessary for writing.