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Zoo Play Dough & Letter Mats

Lions and tigers and bears… oh, my! If your kids love zoo animals as much as mine do, they will have so much fun using these Zoo Play Dough & Letter Mats and some play dough to create their favorite animals. Sensory activities like this one are such an engaging and entertaining way for children to play! 


Zoo Letter Recognition Activity

Zoo Play Dough & Letter Mats:

Play dough is one of my favorite sensory play tools because your kids 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.


Letter Recognition Activity


What Is A Sensory Activity?

A sensory activity is anything that your kids can play with that stimulates their five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing.


Through sensory play, your kids can explore, investigate, and discover new things. This can help them develop critical thinking, problem solving, and many more important skills. 


Getting Ready To Use The Zoo Play Dough & Letter Mats:

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What’s Included:

  • 7 Zoo Play Dough & Letter Mats


The play dough pictures include an elephant, giraffe, lion, tiger, monkey, zebra, and zoo sign. 


Sensory Play


What’s Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper
  • Laminator and Laminating Pouches
  • Play Dough
  • Dry Erase Marker


To get this activity ready for your kids, click on the button below to 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. Then, laminate the mats or put them in reusable dry erase pockets.


If you don’t want to use store-bought play dough, try making our Kool-Aid Play Dough. This sensory-friendly recipe smells so sweet and is soft to touch. 


How To Use The Zoo Play Dough & Letter Mats:

First, your children will select a mat and identify the capital and lowercase letter on it. They will then read the name of the animal or the place.


Sensory Activity


Next, your kids will use play dough to create the animal or the sign on the mat. They can then trace over the capital and lowercase letters that it begins with and the name.


Playdough Mats


To extend this activity and learn even more, read fiction and non-fiction books about the zoo and animals. As you are reading, name other animals that live in the zoo. 


Letter Mats


These Zoo Play Dough & Letter Mats can be used as a fun sensory activity for preschoolers to practice letter recognition and develop their fine motor skills.



Pin It For Later:

Do you want to save these play dough and letter mats for later? Pin this to your alphabet activities board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!


Playdough Letter Mats


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