The Slice and Count Play Dough Math Activity we did last week with Experience Curriculum In the Kitchen theme was a hit! Experience Preschool provided the Slice and Count food mats and bowl cards. We just added play dough. (Original post 2019 – resources may vary from year to year.)
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!
Children explore measurement and counting while slicing “fruits and vegetables” made from play dough.
How much fun is it to cut up a play dough banana?? In this
Older children can work on counting the correct number of slices for the bowl.
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?
Little hands are very capable!
Types of Utensils
Children love to use knives and cut! Try plastic knives, wooden knives as shown, or
Experience Preschool provided wooden knives which were exciting for the kids to use and more durable
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:
- 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?
We had fun with the Slice and Count Play Dough Math Activity in the kitchen!
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