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Play dough Numbers

The twins are three now and really interested in numbers. I have been starting to slowly introduce. number recognition into our play activities. They love play dough and having tea parties and it seemed like a good opportunity to combine the two activities and introduce a bit of sneaky learning too.

play dough numbers

I made some play dough and added some pink food colouring, pink sprinkles and some strawberry essence to make it smell wonderful. I laid out lots of silicone cupcake cases which we use a lot for play. They are great as you can wash them and reuse them as often as you want. I also laid out candles and candle numbers as well as a few things for decoration like sprinkles and feathers. The colours I have chosen are unashamedly girly as we are completely in the pink phase in this house. It would be easy to change it to match your children’s favourite colours and make it more appealing.

play dough numbers

The twins enjoyed making cakes and putting them in the cupcake cases. I then helped them add a candle number to each cake.

play dough numbers

The girls are only just starting to make the recognition between the number and the amount so to start with I have been putting the correct amount of candle holders into the play dough. they then just have to fill them with the correct amount of candles. This is great for practicing fine motor skills as well.



play dough numbers




This activity took a lot of concentration.

play dough numbers

Once the candles were in they added the right amount of decorations.

play dough numbers

The good thing is there is lots of counting practice each time and lots of repetition.

play dough numbers

When they had finished they had to find their age and we lit those candles and sang Happy Birthday. Fun!

play dough numbers


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Play dough numbers. A fun learning activity for counting and number recognition.

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Author: Rebecca

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  1. Learning through play is really the best way to capture kids’ imaginations. This looks a fun and simple way to get them started on knowing their numbers x

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    • I love this idea, especially adding the strawberry essence to make it smell extra yummy x

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    • Thanks so much for the feature!

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  2. Thanks for this sweet playdough idea! My duaghter loves playdough and is also in a pink phase -this will be a wonderful activity to help with her numbers.
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    • You’re welcome! I’d love to know how it goes.

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      • I made the play dough numbers activity up for my daughter today and she loved it! My son also enjoyed it (just the mooshing and tasting part; he doesn’t count yet!). I posted some photos on my Facebook page and linked back to your post! Thanks again for this fun idea!
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