# Number Playdough Mats {Counting Made Fun!}

Check out our Number Playdough Mats for some Fun, Fine Motor, Math Fun For Your EYFS Kids. Just what you need for your next Number Recognition and Counting 0-30 math activity.

Our Play Dough Number Mats focus on developing early years math skills. With these math mats your children will learn to identify and write numbers, as well as count quantities 0-30

Best of all, our Number Playdough Mats will help your students build strong number sense skills and fine motor strength too, while learning through Play!

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## Teaching Math With Number Playdough Mats

Number Playdough mats are low prep and a wonderful addition to Math centres. They’re just what you need to encourage students to practise early number skills including:

In everyday use the term “counting” has two meanings, firstly to recite the number names, one, two, three, four etc.. But it also means being able to check how many are in a collection, which involves very different skills to the first meaning!

For children to use the counting strategy to find out “how many/” they need to be explicitly taught The 5 Counting Principles.

These five counting principles are:

1. Stable Order: Understanding the verbal sequence of counting; being able to say the number names in sequential order
2. One-to-One Correspondence: Understanding that when saying the names of the numbers in sequence, each object receives one count and one only one count
3. Cardinality: Understanding that the last number spoken in a counting sequence names the quantity for that set
4. Abstraction: Understanding that it doesn’t not matter what you count, how we count stays the same. For example, any set of objects can be counted as a set, regardless of whether they are the same colour, shape, size, etc. This can also include non-physical things such as sounds, imaginary objects, etc.
5. Order Irrelevance: Knowledge that the order that items are counted in is irrelevant—left-to-right, right-to-left, in a random fashion—as long as every object in the set is given one count and only one count.  (Gelman and Galistel, 1978)

Being able to recognise and identify numbers in a range of formats:

• Numbers as digits 0-30
• Numbers as words 0-30
• Numbers as a quantity 0-30

Connecting number Identification and the counting process to:

• Model numbers using materials  to show a matching quantity – e.g using ten frames
• Connect the correct symbol to a collection
• Practise counting forwards while adding objects to a collections

All you need to do is provide some playdough, counters , math manipulatives and print and laminate the math mats.

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Each set of Number Playdough mats includes numbers 0-30 and has several different designs with and without ten frames, as digits, number words and in a range of tracing & writing fonts.

## Number Playdough Mats

1. Trace font
2. Letter formation font

Each font has the following variations:

1. Number Words 0-30 (No Counting Images)
2. Number Words 0-30 (Counting Images)
3. Number Digits 0-30 – Ten Frames (Empty)
4. Number Digits 0-30 – Ten Frames (Filled)
5. Get Me & Count Mats

Each Number Playdough mat comes in a range of themes from , Ants, Ladybirds, Watermelons, Pirates, Unicorns and more!

(Please note our resources cannot be used on Outschool).

## Get & Count Playdough Number Mats

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