Play dough is a staple in every preschool classroom. We make a new batch every month, and usually color and/or flavor it to suit the season. This month, it’s flavored with cinnamon and ginger. Yum.
Other mats are for practicing numbers. I had a basket of laminated number squares. The kiddos picked a number and then created play dough pieces to match. They made buttons for the gingerbread man:
and presents for Santa’s sleigh: