If your kids love dinosaurs as much as mine do, they will want to use playdough to create their favorites on these Dinosaur Alphabet Playdough Mats!
This sensory activity is a “dino-mite” way for your young learners to work on learning the ABC’s through play.
So if you’re looking for a fun and educational activity for your little paleontologists, grab these free printable letter mats!
Playdough is one a fun sensory play tool because your children can use their senses as they squeeze, roll, and squish it with their hands.
It’s a fun way for kids to develop their fine motor skills and hand muscle strength too. These developmental skills are so important for pre-readers and pre-writers.
Getting Ready to Use the Letter Play Dough Mats:
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- 12 Dinosaur Playdough Mats
The dinosaurs included are Allosaurus, Ankylosaurs, Brachiosaurus, Ichthyosaurus, Iguanodon, Plesiosaurus, Pteranodon, Saurolophus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Velociraptor.
What’s Else Is Needed:
- White Card Stock or Copy Paper
- Laminating Pouches
- Play Dough
- Dry Erase Marker
To get this sensory activity, click on the button below and fill out the form with your name and email address.
Then, download and print the playdough mats that you want to use on white card stock.
Next, laminate the mats or put them in reusable dry erase pockets.
If you don’t want to use store-bought playdough, try making our Kool-Aid Play Dough. This sensory-friendly recipe smells so sweet and is soft to touch.
How to Use the Dinosaur Play Dough Mats:
To begin this activity, your kids will pick a mat and identify the capital and lowercase letters on it. They will then form the letters using play dough.
Next, your preschoolers will trace the capital and lowercase letters using a dry erase marker.
If your students are just starting to learn how to write, this is a fun way for them to practice letter formation.
Then, your children will identify the dinosaur. (They may need help with this part.)
Together, you can use books such as My First Dinosaur Encyclopedia to learn more about the dinosaurs.
Finally, your young learners will form the dinosaur using play dough.
These Dinosaur Playdough Mats can be used as a fun sensory activity for preschoolers to practice letter recognition and develop their fine motor skills.
More Dinosaur Literacy Activities:
If you are doing a dinosaur unit, you can pair this activity with these picture books and other literacy resources.
Dinosaur Books for Kids:
These picture books with not only entertain your young learners but also teach them about the prehistoric animals.
How to Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace
Dinosaurs by Kathleen Zoehfeld
Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs by Bonnie Worth
Dinosaur Activities for Kids:
With these dinosaur-themed literacy activities, your kids can work on letter recognition, fine motor skills, and much more!
Popsicle Stick Dinosaur Craft from Books and Giggles
Dinosaur Coloring Pages from Homeschool Preschool
You May Also Like This Letter Recognition Activity:
These Capital Letter Strip Puzzles are a fun, hands-on way for kids to practice identifying and matching capital letters.
This activity can be used for morning tubs, literacy centers, or fine motor journals in any preschool or kindergarten classroom or homeschool.
Click on the picture below to learn more about this alphabet resource!
Download the Alphabet Playdough Mats:
To get the free printable dinosaur playdough mats, click on the button below and fill out the form.