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Preschool Slice and Count Play Dough Math Activity

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The Slice and Count Play Dough Math Activity we did last week with Mother Goose Time In the Kitchen theme was a hit! Mother Goose Time provided the Slice and Count food mats and bowl cards. We just added play dough.

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Slice and Count Play Dough Math Activity

I laminated the slice and count play dough mats and bowls so they would hold up for extended use. This is an activity I can pull out any time in our play dough center!

play dough and knives for Kitchen math slice and count activity with play dough

Children explore measurement and counting while slicing “fruits and vegetables” made from play dough.

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How much fun is it to cut up a play dough banana?? In this case we have more than twelve slices but she’s just 2 years old. I could guide her cutting but she’s working on different skills than the older children.

Older children can work on counting the correct number of slices for the bowl.

slicing and counting bananas  Slice and Count Play Dough Math Activity

We also talked about safety in the kitchen. Who should use knives? Is it okay to use a knife if an adult isn’t around? What could happen?

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Little hands are very capable!

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Slicing berries!

Types of Utensils

Children love to use knives and cut! Try plastic knives, wooden knives as shown, or child sized cutlery sets.

strawberry play dough Slice and Count Play Dough Math Activity

Mother Goose Time provided wooden knives which were exciting for the kids to use and more durable then plastic knives. It’s interesting that they are actually compostable as well. I like that idea!

Slice and Count Play Dough Math Activity

Oberservations You Can Make

While the children work, you can make authentic observations about the child’s development. Along with observing fine motor development, check to see:

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  • Was the child able to count out the correct number of pieces to match the card?
  • Did he/she demonstrate an ability to count up to 10 pieces of play dough?
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We had fun with the Slice and Count Play Dough Math Activity in the kitchen!

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