Thursday, October 23, 2014

Play-Doh Mats for Early Learners

 I selected the free teddy bear coloring page from this website for my project.
        I made these Play-Doh mats by first printing a child's coloring page onto different shades of brown construction papers. Then I cut out each teddy bear and pasted bright green bow ties under their chins and bright colored numbers cut from construction paper onto their bellies. After this, I used a laminator to cover each Play-Doh mat with a protective layer of plastic. Now my young students can use these teaching aids over and over again. 

Three year old students shape Play-Doh to form numbers 0 - 9 on top of these adorable teddy bear number mats.

Original canister of Playdough
      Play-Doh is a modeling compound used by young children for art and craft projects at home and in school. Composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil, the product was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. When a classroom of children began using the wallpaper cleaner as a modeling compound, the product was reworked and marketed to Cincinnati schools in the mid-1950s. Play-Doh was demonstrated at an educational convention in 1956 and prominent department stores opened retail accounts. Advertisements promoting Play-Doh on influential children's television shows in 1957 furthered the product's sales. Since its launch on the toy market in the mid-1950s, Play-Doh has generated a considerable amount of ancillary merchandise such as The Fun Factory. In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Play-Doh in its "Century of Toys List".
      The non-toxic, non-staining, reusable modeling compound that came to be known as "Play-Doh" was originally a pliable, putty-like substance concocted by Noah McVicker of Cincinnati-based soap manufacturer Kutol Products; it was devised at the request of Krogers Grocery, which wanted a product that could clean coal residue from wallpaper. Following World War II, with the transition from coal-based home heating to natural gas and the resulting decrease in internal soot, and the introduction of washable vinyl-based wallpaper, the market for wallpaper cleaning putty decreased substantially. McVicker's nephew, Joe McVicker, joined Kutol with the remit to save the company from bankruptcy; he subsequently discovered that the wallpaper cleaner was being used by nursery school children to make Christmas ornaments. Read more...
Download and Print Your Own Playdough Mats for Free:
  1. People Play Dough Mats by picklebums
  2. Play Dough Learning Mats for Literacy and Numeracy Development by the imagination tree
  3. Farm Yard Play Dough Counting Mats by PreKinders  and also a Cherry Pie Play Dough Mat and Math Mats,
  4. Wishy Washy Play Dough Mats by
  5. Number Playdough Mats from Homeschool Creations
  6. Free Playdough Mats by busylittlebugs
  7. Alphabet Playdough Mats by This Reading Mama are marvelous plus even more here: Christmas and Winter, Spring Themes, Summer Mats
  8. ABC Play Doug Mats by
  9. Busy Bag Swap: Playdough Mat Book by Planet of the Apels
  10. Free Shape Playdough Mats from 3 Dinosaurs
  11. Playdough Mats: Alphabet Letters from A to Z by
  12. Cookie Mat Play Dough Mat Busy Bag by
  13. Playdough Numbers Game Cards
  14. Playdough Activity Mats by
  15. Printable Playdough Mats by
  16. Free Easter Mat Printables for Playdough from Modern Parents Messy Kids
  17. Apple Tree Play Dough Maths by Learning4Kids
  18. Gingerbread Man Playdough Mat by
  19. Transportation Playdough Mats from Teach Love Grow
  20. Dinosaur Play Dough Mats by
  21. Fall Playdough Mats by
  22. Free Flower Playdough Mat by
  23. Printable Playdough Mats from Sing A Story
  24. 10 Free Playdough Mats by Tutus&teaparties
  25. American Flag Playdough Mat from
  26. Playdough Mats by

1 comment:

  1. LOVE the listing here and your teddy bear Playdough mats are adorable.