Children love playing with playdough. And that’s exactly the reason why my free printable for today are ALPHABET PLAYDOUGH MATS!
Playing with playdough is such a fun activity. And it targets a lot of skills and learning objectives. It is such a simple activity yet it packs a lot of benefits for children.
Benefits of Playing with Playdough
- Improves fine motor skills
- Develops wrist and hand muscles
- Fosters creativity and imagination
- Practices self-reflection
- Encourages communication between children
With this in mind, I have decided to make playdough mats as a supplementary materials for my preschoolers who are learning their alphabet.
While the students are busy rolling and molding their clays onto the letter mats, they are simultaneously improving their fine motor skills AND mastering the alphabet!
It’s amazing how this teaching tool can combine both fun and learning at the same time!
Another reason why I love these learning mats is because they promote quiet play.
I have observed in my class that children who are focused on working on their playdough are quiet and determined.
Finally, a respite for Teacher Nessy! 🙂
I mean, be honest. It’s good to have peace and quiet every once in a while.
But of course, the silence doesn’t last long. Once the children are done with their creation, then it’s time for chatters.
One more reason why I love these alphabet mats!
After being reflective of their work, children get to explain to their friends what they made. Or in the case of the alphabet mats, they get to show off how they were able to follow the lines. As a result, they feel a sense of accomplishment as their friends (and teacher) praise their handwork.
So you see, this activity also fosters communication. Which is why these A to Z playdough mats are my favorite!
Hopefully, you’ll love these alphabet playdough mats, too.
Features of the Alphabet Learning Mats:
- Big outline of the letters so children can have enough space to mold their doughs into.
- Cute pictures of words that begin with the featured letter as visual cue
How To Use the Letters Mats:
- Print on regular A4-sized paper or on card board type.
- Use as playdough mat. Have children use playdough or loose parts to form the letters of the alphabet.
- You may also use it to practice writing. Use whiteboard markers so your child can write on the mats over and over again.
- Post on the wall as classroom decor.
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Alphabet Tracing Worksheets
Numbers Tracing Worksheets
Flashcards and Wall Cards Free Printables
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