Saturday, November 8, 2014

Interactive Play-Doh Mats

Hi, friends!  I am very excited to be taking part in the Stop, Swap & Roll linky hosted by Jungle Learners!

I'm teaming with Laura from Differentiation Station Creations, who is seriously a math whiz!

She was kind enough to send me her Snowballs: Counting, Interactive Playdoh Mats and Printables.

I've been wanting to incorporate play-doh into my math tubs for quite some time now, so I was beyond thrilled to be paired with Laura!  Her interactive play-doh mats and printables are perfect for hands-on learning fun!

We used the included numeral cards to show each number.  I plan to step this up a notch by having them represent each number in multiple ways.  Right now in math, we are learning about "hidden partners," or ways to make each number by adding two numbers together.  To further develop this skill, we will use our play-doh mats to make each number using two different colors of play-doh.

Recognizing numbers using ten frame cards is also one of our math focuses, so I was happy that Laura included these ten frame cards!

We also worked on modeling some addition problems using these addition cards.

Plus, we worked on forming each number and adding that many manipulatives to the mat.  You could easily use play-doh balls to represent each number, but I just happened to have these snowflakes that I purchased last year at the Dollar Tree.

Laura also included a variety of printables to extend the play-doh learning!  These are going to be great "exit tickets," so that I can determine if my kiddos are understanding each concept!

Here's a little sneak peek at Laura's Christmas Trees set!  Eek!  I love me some Christmas fun!

Hats off to Laura for creating such comprehension and interactive play-doh activities!  I love that I can combine play-doh with other math manipulatives to bring number sense to life!  Believe me... my kiddos are all begging to have a turn at the "play-doh center," as they call it!  Little do they know... they are actually building number sense, as well as developing fine motor and sensory skills!  Check out how this little sweetie used his subitizing skills to count the ornaments!

Because I am so excited about using her sets in my room, Laura is giving away her Interactive Play Dough Mat Bundle!  Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!  Just a little heads up... I'll be giving away one bundle on my Facebook page, One Sharp Bunch, so make sure you head over there to enter too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Plus, all of Laura's Interactive Play Dough Mats will be 20% off in her TpT store!

Don't forget to swing over to Differentiation Station Creations to see my I Can Read Poetry Binder in action!

While you're hopping around, hop back over to Jungle Learners to check out some other great swaps!  Thank you to Melissa for hosting!


  1. New follower! I love "meeting" new bloggers (I'm participating in the swap, too). These mats look so cool! Off to check out your product!
    Polka Dot Kinders

    1. I love meeting new bloggers too, Sara! I can't wait to hop over to your blog! Thank you for following me!

  2. Found your site today through a friend. Always looking for ideas and activities to do at home to supplement what my twins do in preschool and therapy.

    1. These play-doh mats would be perfect for OT, fine motor development, and sensory issues. I am glad your friend told you about my blog! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Thanks for a great hop, swap and Giveaway. I love your products.

  4. My kids love playdough so I'm sure Laura's pack would be wonderful for them!

    Fluttering through the Seasons

  5. Thanks for a great blog post Ashley! I may have just entered your giveaway....these mats are amazing and kids can never have enough playdough! So many different uses for it and I love the variety of packs that she offers! I hope you have a fabulous week! :)

    Jungle Learners Blog
    Jungle Learners TpT Store

  6. I feel really stupid, but I don't know how to find your best selling product.

    1. Don't feel silly! It should be the first one that shows up when you head to my TpT store.

  7. I am new to all of this. I love all of your ideas and your willingness to share! Thanks!