Addition with Play Dough Food

 

We did several hands-on addition activities around here over the last two months or so. Check out Play Dough Addition, Owl Addition 1-10, Preschool Addition Game with Chicks and Eggs, and don’t forget about this fabulous guest post: Animal Math Worksheets (1-10)!

The first play dough addition activity we did used manipulatives to visualize the numbers E wanted to add. For this Addition with Play Dough Food activity, E used her recently found skills at using play dough molds and added strawberries and cherries 🙂

 

Sensory hands-on math for kids: Addition with Play Dough Food!

(E was 4 years and 4 months old.)

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Materials for Addition with Play Dough Food

 

E has been using her screen time to watch toy shows on Youtube. She has so much fun watching them, and even started acting them out at home 🙂

You may be thinking that those shows don’t seem very educational – but E has not only learned how to use play dough molds {and frankly, until I watched one of the shows over her shoulder, I had quite a bit of trouble with those molds myself!}, she’s also found lots of inspiration for new things to try.

So we now have play dough fruit with stems in different colors 🙂

 

Sensory hands-on math for kids: Addition with Play Dough Food!

 

To practice addition with play dough food, E cut numbers, a plus and an equals sign from play dough and made strawberries and cherries she could count to solve the equation.

 

Sensory hands-on math for kids: Addition with Play Dough Food!

 

When she’d found the solution, she proudly cut the correct number from play dough to complete the equation.

 

Sensory hands-on math for kids: Addition with Play Dough Food!

 

I love how much E learns about these academic topics with hands-on sensory activities!

 

Have you used play dough to practice addition facts? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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