It’s National Pizza Day! So, we can have pizza for dinner, right?! Before we eat, let’s celebrate this special day with one of my favorite themed activities for learning the ABC’s – Pizza Alphabet Play Dough Mats!
Pizza Alphabet Play Dough Mats
These themed play dough mats are not only fun but educational too. But, how does this activity help your kids develop their pre-reading skills? They will work on their 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 fine motor skills and hand muscle strength.
This sensory play resource can be used as an independent activity for young 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.
Getting Ready To Use The Pizza Alphabet Play Dough Mats:
- 3 Sets of Alphabet Pizza Play Dough Mats
- Lowercase Letter Pizza Play Dough Mats
- Capital Letter Pizza Play Dough Mats
- Capital & Lowercase Letter Pizza Play Dough Mats
- Pizza Party Recording Sheet
What Else Is Needed:
- White Card Stock
- Laminator and Laminating Pouches
- Red Play Dough (see other suggestions below!)
To prepare this alphabet activity, click on the pencil below to download and print the mats that you need. I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too. You can then laminate the play dough mats or put them in reusable dry erase pockets.
If you don’t want to use store bought play dough, try making Apple Play Dough.
How To Use These Pizza Alphabet Play Dough Mats:
To use this alphabet activity, your kids will pick a play dough mat and identify the letter or letters on it. (One set includes both the capital and lowercase letters.) Then, they will use red play dough to form the letter. After they make the letter, they can write it on the recording sheet.
To make learning the letters of the alphabet more fun, you can use other manipulatives other then the red play dough. For these pizza mats, try pom poms with tweezers, buttons, or even pizza mini erasers. I recently order some from Target.
These Pizza Alphabet Play Dough Mats are easy for your kids to use independently as they learn the alphabet and work on letter formation. I hope your kids enjoy them as you celebrate National Pizza Day!
Pin It For Later:
Do you want to save this letter activity for later? Pin this to your alphabet board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!
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Download The Freebie:
To get the alphabet mats for free, click on the pencil below to download and print.