A class full of boys definitely needs dinosaurs! My class is boy-heavy this year, so for working on early number skills, I made a set of 1-10 Dinosaur-themed playdough mats. The mats have the focus numeral, a 10 frame (for putting the right number of playdough 'dinosaur eggs' in) and a picture showing that number of dinosaurs or dinosaur eggs. I've also put the name of the objects on the playdough mat because....multi-task learning is always a |

Each number has a red dot to support correct numeral formation. I always teach my classes to roll out playdough 'snakes' to make each number. The red dot is where the end of the 'snake' should be placed before they start shaping the 'snake' into the correct number. Have them begin as you mean them to go on!

There are 2 red dots on the number '4', to remind the children that they will need 2 playdough 'snakes' to make this number (just like they'll need to lift their pencil to finish making a '4' when they start to write their numbers).

There are 2 different versions of the '1' and '10' mats - one gets children to just make a straight line down, while the other gets them to make the short 'up' mark before completing the '1' with a straight line down. I always teach the straight line down, but I know that different schools (and teachers) do things differently, so the 2 options are both included.

Click on the picture above to get these mats for your own class. Hope your kiddos love them and they make your teaching life a bit easier.

I also hope your school year has started well!