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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 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 Alphabet 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.

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 ABC 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.

Playdough Letter Mats

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Or, have your kindergarteners review concepts to prevent the summer slide?

This month-long bundle of engaging and educational activities will keep your kids learning this summer.

Click on the picture below to learn more about the “Get Ready to Read Summer Camp.”

More Zoo Literacy Activities:

If you are looking for more zoo-themed literacy activities for your kids, try these fun, hands-on resources! 

Zoo Animal Letter Recognition Activity

Find the Letter: Z is for Zoo from 3 Boys and a Dog

Zoo Play Dough & Letter Mats

Zoo Name Letter Recognition Worksheets from Books and Giggles

Download The Zoo Fine Motor Mats For Kids:

To get these Zoo Play Dough and Letter Mats, click on the button below and fill out the form. Then, download and print the printables. 

Laura

Monday 12th of September 2022

The zoo mats are adorable! Thank you for sharing!

Kathy

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

Oh! I love any activity with playdough. These are so cute & creative!