I have posted lots of posts on playdough before because it is one of the most wonderful resources teachers and parents can use to foster creativity, improve fine motor skills and teach many different concepts across the curriculum.
We have been learning our numbers through number rhymes, finger plays, counting songs and many different hands on activities both inside and in the playground.
Today we played with dice and playdough.
This is a very simple game but it is very effective and the children loved it.
The children rolled the dice. They then either counted the dots on the dice or if it was one of the smaller numbers they called it out straight away.( I was playing this with 3 and 4 year olds.)
They then rolled the corresponding number of playdough balls and put them on a plate. I then asked them to find the corresponding written number and put it on the plate as well.
The children were counting, talking, using maths language, developing fine motor skills, sharing and most importantly, learning through hands on play. The playdough table was quickly transformed into a restaurant with the playdough balls becoming meat balls!