My kids absolutely LOVE playdough mats – well, truthfully anything to do with playdough. So if we can add in some fun learning while we’re playing, why not? This set of Dung Beetle Life Cycle Playdough Mats are a great way to occupy your toddlers while teaching the older kids about this fascinating insect.
I recommend printing each of these pages (on cardstock preferably, but printer paper will work too) and then laminating them for longevity. The nice thing about these mats is that they really are multi-purpose. You can use them with playdough for younger kids and then graduate to wipe-off markers as they get more fine motor skills. You can also use a variety of objects to place in the little boxes to help kids with their counting. My girls love to use pom-poms to count and sort.
Included in this set:
- 4 Letter Playdough Mats
- 1-10 Number Playdough Mats
Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle by Cheryl Bardoe
Would you rather Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot? by Camilla de la Bedoyere
Donnie the Doubtful Dung Beetle by Mark Eischen
Dung Beetle: Insects that clean up in Nature by Ifeanyi Esimai
Dung Beetles: Stronger than Ten Men by Emma Carlson Berne
What’s Up with Dung Beetles? by Alvina Halperin
Gotta Get this Poop! Life Lessons from the Dung Beetle by Shane Kent