Have you been enjoying March Madness? My husband and I are big fans, even when our team isn’t in the running, and get our kids all excited about it too. Last weekend we had all our kids in here jumping and screaming at the upsets. It was awesome! So, I thought…why not capitalize on that enthusiasm? My little ones will love these Basketball themed Playdough Mats!
Playdough mats are great for working on counting, fine motor skills and even letter recognition. I recommend printing each page (preferably on cardstock, 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 also love to use pom-poms to count.
Included in this set:
- 4 Letter Playdough Mats
- 1-10 Number Playdough Mats
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If you’re looking for some great readers to use while learning about basketball, check out these great titles. Many are probably available at your local library, or you could get a Kindle version for most of them on Amazon. I love using my Kindle Reader app to read with my kids. I have so many titles at the tip of my fingers in just minutes!
The Everything Kids’ Basketball Book by Bob Schaller
The Boy Who Never Gave Up by Anthony Curcio
Salt in His Shoes: Micheal Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Delores Jordan
My Basketball Book by Gail Gibbons
My First Basketball Book by Sterling Children’s
J is for Jump Shot by Michael Ulmer
Little Shaq by Shaquille O’Neal