Count and Smash Play Dough Math Activity

We just love play dough in this house! Play dough has been our go-to activity since Caden was a toddler! The great thing about play dough besides that it is just fun, is that it is also a great way to work on fine motor skills, get some sensory input and it can be used in many ways for hands-on learning! Count and Smash Play Dough Math Activity is this weeks #toolsforlearning post in which we practiced counting in a fun, hands-on way!

Count and Smash Play Dough Math Activity is a fun, hands-on, sensory way for preschoolers to practice counting & fine motor skills!

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Count and Smash Play Dough Math Activity

Supplies & Materials:

How to Prep:

  1. To prepare this activity, you will need to gather all the play dough tools and supplies on a tray.
  2. Then roll you play dough into small balls about one inch thick and place them in a small pail. (This is a great fine motor activity for kids to do too!)
  3. Now the activity is ready for playful learning!

Count & Smash Play Dough Math Activity for Preschoolers

How to Play:

  1. Kids will roll the die and count out that number of play dough balls.
  2. Then they can choose a play dough tool to smash the balls as they count!

Smashing play dough balls!

My five-year old son had lots of fun with this play dough activity! He tried out different tools including a rolling-pin, a knife tool and some play dough stamps. He was very observant and noticed the play dough stamps matched the dots on the die.

He particularly loves smashing the balls with this toy hammer, making what he called “nests”. He lined up all the “nests” and then we counted them.

Count and Smash Play Dough Math Activity for Preschoolers #toolsforlearning


If your kids enjoy learning with manipulatives, then you will love this new #toolsforlearning blog hop! Every week we will be sharing hands-on learning activities for kids using different manipulatives! This week we have activities using play dough tools!

Play Dough Learning Activities

Exploring Shapes with Play Dough from Life Over C’s

Letter Formation with Play Dough from Still Playing School

Bug Lab – A Fun Bugs Kids Math Game from Learning 2 Walk

Learning with Playdough Letters and First Words Flash Cards from Crafty Mama in ME

Play Dough and Alphabet Beads from Mom Inspired Life

12 Easy DIY Play Dough Tools To Help Kids Explore Texture from Play Dough & Popsicles

Playdough Scene Creation from Powerful Mothering

Simple tools for making words with play dough from The Kindergarten Connection

Initial Sounds with Play Dough Cutters from Adventures of Adam

Learning Letters with Playdough {Learning with Playdough Tools} from Squiggles and Bubbles

Letter Sound Activity with Play Dough Tools from Raising Little Superheroes

Patterns and textures with Play Dough Rollers from Play & Learn Every Day

Phases of the Moon from Edventures with Kids

Roll and Build a Play Dough Spud from School Time Snippets

Scissor Skills Practice with Play Dough from Modern Preschool

Count & Smash Play Dough Math Activity from Stir the Wonder

The Ultimate DIY Play Dough Kit for Toddlers and Beyond from Lemon Lime Adventures

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