Ocean Playdough Math Mats for Counting and Addition

Sneak in math (counting and addition) with playdough! Sensory and educational with an ocean theme. Includes a whale, octopus, and clam.
I kind of thought my kids would grow out of playdough by this age (especially the almost 11 year old) but I was so wrong.  They love playdough more than ever now.  I think I need to utilize it more in our learning.

Apparently playdough is the magic dough that gets kids excited.  And I thought fidget spinners were fun…

 

Sneak in math (counting and addition) with playdough! Sensory and educational with an ocean theme. Includes a whale, octopus, and clam.

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Sneak in math (counting and addition) with playdough! Sensory and educational with an ocean theme. Includes a whale, octopus, and clam.

How to Set Up the Ocean Playdough Counting Mats

You’re definitely going to want to laminate these pages.  Playdough is just moist enough that paper by itself would be ruined after one use.

If you don’t have a laminator, a sheet protector works just as well!

So print these out – trim them to cut off the little bit of white if you want, and then laminate or put them in a sheet protector!  Pull out some playdough and you’re good to go!

 

Sneak in math (counting and addition) with playdough! Sensory and educational with an ocean theme. Includes a whale, octopus, and clam.

How to Use the Playdough Counting Mats

You could turn this into a silly game or just allow for free play and exploration.

We pulled out a 10 sided die (although higher numbers or lower would work too) and used that to decide on how many pieces of playdough we would add.

You could also use two dice, add them together, and sneak some addition into the mix!

Simply roll the playdough to make long squiggles pieces (or balls for the clam version) and add them to the octopus or whale.  They can add the playdough in many different artistic ways too!

Then scrap it all and start again.

We had a small discussed on what the octopus would be called with more or less legs.  Septapus, Nonapus.  The results are endless!

 

Sneak in math (counting and addition) with playdough! Sensory and educational with an ocean theme. Includes a whale, octopus, and clam.

 

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Sneak in math (counting and addition) with playdough! Sensory and educational with an ocean theme. Includes a whale, octopus, and clam.

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