Playdough Number Games

When a math game and a colorful tub of playdough mix into one activity, it’s sure to be an engaging activity for kids!

Get your students excited about ten frames and number recognition from 0-20 with this fun playdough freebie. Then hop over and snag some sunglasses number puzzles for even more number fun.

Getting Ready

To prepare the activity, I printed my dough number mats and matching cards onto cardstock and laminated them for durability.

Using scissors, I cut down the black lines on the cards and sorted them by category.

I placed all the ten frames cards in a pile and all the numbers cards in a second pile.

We were ready to begin!

Playdough Numbers

In our small group, I laid out the number cards face up on a table for visibility and made a stack of the 10 frame cards face down to create a drawing deck.

The first student drew a card from the deck and counted the dots on the ten frame.

She determined it was a nine so she scanned all the numbers face up on the table looking for a match.

When she discovered the whole number 9 card, she placed the match together at the side of the table.

Then we went in a circle and students took turns pulling a ten frame card from the deck and counting the dots to identify the number.

After we had practiced matching all the numbers, I passed out a playdough mat and tub of playdough to each student.

I mixed up the number cards and placed them face down on the table.

Each child drew a card, said the number out loud and created its value on the mat using playdough.  

Grab Your Download

Ready to get your hands on some playdough and practice this hands-on number activity?

Scroll below and click the blue button to download your freebie! Then make sure to click over and snag our free bubble teen numbers for even more number fun.

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