Gingerbread Playdough Mats

Nothing screams “hands-on learning” quite like playdough mats. Maybe that’s why I love them so much!

If you’re in need of a festive holiday math center or just need to sharpen up students’ number skills, these gingerbread playdough mats are a must-try. Grab your set below and then hop over to snag our complete Playdough Mat set!

Getting Ready

To prep the activity, I simply printed the playdough mats on cardstock to give them extra durability and slid them through the laminator so they could be reused over and over again.

Then I pulled out our batch of playdough and viola: we were ready to play!

Gingerbread Playdough Mats

My kids LOVE playdough so once they saw me pull out a few canisters, they were excited to jump in and play.

To start, I had them arrange the mats in a long line starting with the number zero and stretching to ten.

Then we talked about how there are different ways to make each number: we can write it, count it with our fingers, spell it with letters… even add that many buttons to a gingerbread man!

Since my kids were already familiar with the numbers, I let them pick any mat from the pile.

If I was working with younger children, however, I would have punched a hole in the upper lefthand corner of each one and then bound them together with a book ring so that students could practice the numbers in 123 order.

Each mat gave them lots of opportunities to practice.


  • traced the number with their finger,
  • counted up to it with their fingers,
  • rolled out a matching number of playdough buttons and placed them on their gingerbread man
  • named the letters and read the word out loud
  • and then made playdough gumdrops to add to their ten frame!

Although I didn’t have them do it, students would have fun forming the number with playdough and laying it in the “trace” box too!

Snag Your Playdough Mats

Scroll down and click the blue download button below to grab your mats! Then hop through the lineup of other festive gingerbread activities to find more favorites to add to your to-do list.


Gingerbread Write the Room // The Kindergarten Connection

Editable Gingerbread Board Game // Fun Learning for Kids

Gingerbread Man Theme Old Maid Card Game // Stay at Home Educator

Gingerbread Playdough Mats // The STEM Laboratory

Retelling the Gingerbread Man // Sara J. Creations

Gingerbread Man Printable Ten Frames // Fun A Day

Gumdrop Patterns // Playdough to Plato

How to Make a Gingerbread House Writing Craftivity // Literacy with the Littles

Gingerbread Problem Solving // Recipe for Teaching

Gingerbread Number Puzzles Freebie  // A Dab of Glue Will Do

How to Bake Gingerbread Cookies Cut and Paste // Happy Days in First Grade

Gingerbread CVC Mats // Fairy Poppins

Holiday Gingerbread Syllable Sort // Mrs. Jones Creation Station

Gingerbread House I Spy // Teach Me Mommy

Gingerbread Sight Word Game // The Letters of Literacy

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