Who else’s kids like helping in the kitchen? Mine love it. That is why they loved this playdough pie counting game. It was just like making real pie, just with playdough. Not only were they having so much fun playing, they were strengthening fine motor skills, counting skills and even cooking skills.
Playdough Counting Game
Playdough is inherently a fantastic sensory activity that helps strengthen fine motor skills. This alone is fantastic, but adding in other skills like counting, alphabet and more makes the play even more engaging and beneficial!
This is how activities such as this Pie Counting Game came to be. I added in practicing the skill of number identification, 1:1 correspondence and of course counting. My kids think they are playing a game, they are enjoying playdough time and I know they are practicing skills! It is a win win.
You may also like our Rainbow Counting Playdough Activity.
You don’t need to much for this activity, but this is what we used.
You can help your kids set up for this counting game or just instruct them on what to do.
Roll out a can of yellow playdough.
Cut the dough to fit a mason jar lid to form your pie shell.
Use any leftover douhg to cut strips. These will form your lattice crust.
Encourage your child to roll a can of playdough into small balls, we used blue for blueberries.
Select a number you want to work on counting to.
We decided on number 8.
Have your child count the selected number playdough balls to the pie shell.
Now have your child count the number of leftover crust strips.
Have your child add the selected number of lattice strips to the top of the pie.
Repeat with other numbers.
This process of playing with this Pie Playdough Counting Game helps children with so many important skills. Fine motor skills are strengthened while children are kneading and shaping the playdough. Rolling playdough into balls (for the fruit) is a great way to help children grow their finger and hand muscles. These muscles are crucial for skills that children will needfor the future such as tying laces, handwriting and more.
Children will also strengthen skills such as counting, number identification 1:1 correspondence and more.
For more counting and number skill practice, try our Playdough Counting Mats.