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Playdough Math: Preschool Sensory Activities

Hey guys! It’s Natasha from Tiny Tots Adventures. where I blog about the fun that I have with my girls playing educational activities and a few arts and crafts. Today I am here to share another of my Preschool Sensory Activities that I do with my preschooler.

preschool sensory activities: playdough maths
One of the materials that we love to use is play dough. We love it homemade or store brought, either way we’re going to enjoy playing with it. Play dough also makes learning math fun and easy to understand. I am going to share a way that we used play dough, and a few other materials to help my preschooler with her number words that she has been working on.

What you need

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 Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors (Amazon Exclusive), Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans Play-Doh Fun Tub Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden ABC/123 Blocks Set With Storage Pouch (50 pcs; colors may vary) Camellia Navy Beans, 1 Pound


Math Books to Read With Your Kids


 How Much Is a Million? 20th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books) The Grapes Of Math Millions to Measure Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (A Math Adventure) Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure) Sir Cumference and the Fracton Faire (A Math Adventures) Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens: A Math Adventure Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure The Penny Pot (MathStart 3) A Place for Zero (Charlesbridge Math Adventures (Paperback)) The Coin Counting Book

Setup and How to Play

  1. I hid the numbered bottle caps in the sensory bin of colored beans.
  2. On the tray I took the blocks and spelled out a number word and left it with a round of play dough on the tray also for use.

A few ways we played:

  1. My preschooler looked at the tray and starts to break the play dough up and roll into the correct number of balls to represent the word number
  2. My preschooler pulls out a numbered bottle cap to match the word number.
  3. Roll the dough out, take the numbered blocks and stamp the number word into the dough.


My preschooler enjoyed the ways that I showed her how to play with numbers, she came up with a way to play with her numbers also.

Playdough Maths

She would take a bottle cap, piece of play dough, and roll the play dough into long trips and create the number of the bottle cap that she pulled. (Did you understand that? Don’t worry I have a photo that you can look at to see.)


This activity was inspired by Amanda Boyarshinov and Jamie Hand’s STEAM: Preschool Activities for STEM Enrichment