It’s National Farm Animals Day! From cows to pigs, kids love farm animals! And, these Farm Animal Play Dough & Letter Mats are a fun way to celebrate your children’s favorite animals as they practice learning the ABC’s!
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Farm Play Dough & Letter Mats:
This sensory activity is not only entertaining but educational too! Your pre-readers will create a farm animal out of play dough and then work on letter knowledge by practicing letter formation and letter writing.
As as your kids squeeze, roll, and squish the play dough, they will also develop their dexterity, fine motor skills, hand muscle strength and more. These skills are so important for pre-writers!
What Is Letter Recognition?
Letter recognition is is the ability to recognize and name all of the lowercase and capital letters. Children who can recognize the letters of the alphabet can also distinguish between them too.
Getting Ready To Use The Farm Play Dough & Letter Mats:
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- 8 Farm Play Dough & Letter Mats
The farm animals are a cow, horse, rooster, sheep, pig, goat, chicken, and dog.
What’s Else Is Needed:
- White Card Stock or Copy Paper
- Laminating Pouches
- Play Dough
- Dry Erase Marker
To prepare this letter recognition activity, fill out the form below to get these printables in your inbox. After receiving the email, download and print the mats.
I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too. Next, laminate the mats or put them in reusable dry erase pockets.
Then, try making our Kool-Aid Play Dough to use with these mats. It’s a sensory-friendly recipe that smells so sweet and is soft to touch. Your kids will have so much fun making it too!
How To Use The Farm Play Dough & Letter Mats:
To begin playing with this sensory activity, your kids will pick a play dough and letter mat. Next, they will say the name of the animal and the letter and sound it begins with. Your children will then use play dough to make the farm animal.
Finally, your kids will trace the letters that the picture begins with and the word.
This multi-sensory resource can be used as an independent activity for young children in any early childhood classroom or homeschool. If you are a classroom teacher, these mats can used for literacy centers, morning tubs, or as an enrichment activity. For homeschoolers, try strewing this activity or include it in your morning basket.
These Farm Animal Play Dough & Letter Mats are a fun way for your kids to practice pre-reading skills and letter recognition including beginning sounds, letter formation, and writing letters.
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Do you want to save this sensory and letter recognition activity for later? Pin this to your sensory or alphabet board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!
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