Busy Hands: Play Dough Star Counting Activity

Whenever I make a batch of play dough, I try to fit in activities for learning, and using it in other creative ways. For some counting practice, I thought it would be fun to use our Alien Planet Play Dough mat to count stars!

Easy activity with play dough to practice counting - great for toddlers and preschoolers.

The first thing we needed was dice. They are a good tool for playing games and learning to count, especially for preschoolers. We didn't have a large dice, so we made one!

This was a mini project on its own. We used a cube from our shape sorter toy. For the dots, we used a hole punch to cut though sticker paper. You can also use old stickers, or Post-It notes.

Simple DIY dice for counting and math activities!

For the counting activity, we cut out six star shapes from yellow play dough.

Cutting play dough stars for a fun counting activity!

Then, Little Dude rolled the dice, counted the dots, and placed the right number of stars on the play dough mat (you can find the free printable here). Instead of the play dough mat, you can also use a blue card or tray. He then took away the stars, and repeated the activity.

Play dough counting activity using a dice - fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

I also used this opportunity to teach him some basics of addition and subtraction. So instead of taking away the stars, we rolled the dice again, and tried to count how many stars we needed to add or remove.

Play dough counting activity using a dice - fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

Depending on your child's age, you could adapt the activity to teach counting and basic math concepts.

Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft 
you can do with toddlers and young children.

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