20+ Hands-On Learning Ideas Using Playdough

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Playdough is a wonderful way to teach your toddler. Apart from it being a lovely sensory activity, which young kids love, it’s also a useful tool in teaching young kids in a way that involves role play, imagination and creativity.

20+ Playful Learning Ideas With Playdough

Learning with Playdough

Alphabets and Numbers:

Making all types of letters and numbers out of playdough is a fun, creative way to help your child learn the basics of Maths and English. Teachers have had great success teaching the alphabet, as well as addition and subtraction, using playdough.

Shapes:

Children can learn about all the different types of shapes using playdough to create them.

Colors:

Children learn their colors by slowly recognising them, as well as their names, and then begin to memorize them. Using playdough to learn about colors gives kids a hands on, sensory experience which naturally helps them learn their colors in many different ways.

Playdough gives you the opportunity to learn in a lot of different, fun ways and we all know how important learning through play is!

Playdough Activities For Playing And Learning

20+ Ideas To Learn Using Playdough

Take a look at my top 20+ ways to learn using playdough!

Practice counting to ten with playdough on these printable laminatable dot counting sheets.

Explore numbers using playdough, and number stamps, cookie cutters, magnetic numbers and more. A great hands on way to learn numbers using many different types of tools.

Try this fine motor alphabet activity using playdough, cookie cutter and beads. A clever way to work on prewriting skills.

This number smash game will have your kids learning to count and match numbers with playdough balls.

Make a hard home-made playdough puzzle and let your little one learn about shape recognition. They can help with making it too!

Use Dr Seuss’s Ten Apple Up On Top book and make this personalised hands on activity, making apples with playdough.

Make this clever counting activity with playdough, and help your child learn to count using playdough balls and counting rings.

Learn to count and write numbers using these printable number word playdough mats with tracing.

Name initial sounds with this playdough cutting activity, and make shapes from playdough that go with pre-cut starting letters.

Print these free apple play dough mats and your child can learn to count while placing apples on each tree.

Learn all about human anatomy using playdough to make each organ in the body. A clever way to create body awareness!

Addition is easy to learn when you use playdough food to count with! Try this fun activity and make sums and count food playdough pieces.

Learn about toy animal tracks by playing this mysterious animal traces game, and have your child guess which animal made the tracks on the playdough.

Count while having fun putting petals on numbered playdough flowers in this cute activity idea.

Use playdough to teach your child to spell their name. A cute hands on activity to learn letter and name recognition.

Have fun with playdough and letter stamps and learn to recognise and practice making words.

Preschoolers will love these free printable playdough shape mats. They’re colorful and will give your child hours of learning fun. Put it in a pretty box for reuse too!

Write a little differently using some long sticks as pens, and make some playdough writing trays to practice writing letters and words on!

Shape playdough mats are a fun way to learn how to draw and write your shapes, while using pens and playdough.

Print these free tree playdough counting mats and learn to count to ten while having fun with playdough apples!

Improve your child’s scissor skills using playdough with this clever finger-working activity!

Make some nature stampers using seeds and pods from your garden, and have some sensory fun rolling your nature stampers in playdough for some pretty patterns!

Have some bug fun with a playdough sensory bin bug activity, and make some bug prints in your playdough.

Practice your child’s hand eye coordination with this hammer and tees playdough activity. A great way to smack some tees while learning how to grip and hammer straight.

Print these free playdough shape mats and have fun learning how to draw, write and create shapes using playdough!

How do you use playdough in your home to teach your child? I’d love to see some of your creative ideas!

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