Thursday, 11 December 2014

Hanukkah playdough mat

I've been so busy making countless activities for our Christmas/New Year/Saint Nicholas' Day shelves, that I've really been neglecting our Hannukah shelves and activities. And then I realised, it starts on Tuesday. It's definitely time to get some blue and white on our shelves (conveniently, with that theme, I got to carry over some trays that Mr. Toddler was still loving from our arctic activities!)

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So the work I was most excited to try out was a simple play dough mat! Mr. Toddler got some playdough for Sinterklaas from one of his aunts and uncles and has been requesting to play with it every single day (possibly because the kit came with scissors and he's also loving working with scissors).  

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I wanted to incorporate something that worked on counting and math, as well. Mr. Toddler has been loving learning his numbers, and this was a fun Hanukkah themed way to practice!

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This playdough mat contains a menorah, a digit, and a tens frame. I presented Mr. Toddler with some manipulatives, the mat, and blue playdough. I asked Mr. Toddler to make 'candles' from the dough, and place the corresponding quantity of manipulatives on the tens frame.

For our manipulatives, I grabbed some mini gift boxes that I cut off from a garland that I recently purchased, but buttons, or even more playdough would certainly do the trick, as well. 

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The thing with these manipulatives though is that my kid thought they were gifts and started unwrapping them. It was a great fine motor activity, but the funny thing was that he was so excited to discover the styrofoam boxes underneath the wrapping paper that I let him unwrap most of them. 

He squeled with excitement - 'Mama, look, boxes! Yea, they're boxes!' And then he turned it into a cutting activity by grabbing his sciscors from a different work and cutting up the wrapping paper. And then, we finally did this work, using the unwrapped boxes as manipulatives. 

Three activities later, and the playdough mat was also a success! He ended up loving those unwrapped boxes long enough to complete several mats with my help (1-3). However, for older kids you can definitely ask them to complete all of the mats (1-9). 

Free printables

Free playdough mat