Do your kids love Christmas cookies, gingerbread men, and all of those delicious things that we tend to make during this time of year? My son has been asking to bake cookies almost every single day! During the day, we can only bake (and eat) so many cookies. This is why I created these Gingerbread Counting Printables that we can use as an alternative to baking! You know, so we don’t consume massive amounts of sugar and get super hyper kiddos right before dinner.

Gingerbread Counting Printables

To give our bellies a small rest from all of our yummy cookie consumption, Y and I made some gingerbread play dough to use with some gingerbread counting printables!

Here, the child can practice several skills! When learning to count, it is imperative to teach young children number quantity rather than only number order and number symbols. Remember, just because your child knows the order of numbers 1, 2, 3, etc, does not mean that they know how much a number represents. This is number quantity.

Number quantity can be taught (or reinforced) alongside a simple printable and manipulative. You can use the manipulative to show your child how much each number symbol represents.

You can also use this printable to practice writing with a dry erase marker.

Related: You’ll also love our Christmas Number Clip Cards

Play dough itself is a fantastic material for children to work with! Children work their hand muscles when using the dough. This helps to prepare the hand for writing, holding a pencil, using scissors, and other important tasks that children need to master. Plus, it is just so soothing to roll out the dough.

Don’t want to laminate?

These printables work best if they are laminated. The play dough will not stick to the paper, and they can be re-used multiple times this way. Children can also use dry erase markers (or play dough) to form the numbers on the mat.

Instead of laminating, just place the sheets into a page protector. The marker will wipe right off and you don’t need to get out the laminating machine, unless you want to that is!

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

We loved making our own playdough to use with our new Gingerbread printables! We used a homemade edible recipe so when Natasha (one year old) came over to join the fun, I was perfectly comfortable letting her explore. I wouldn’t let babies eat a whole bunch – this stuff isn’t exactly yummy, but it involves only ingredients that we would otherwise use to cook, so there really isn’t a danger.

I used this recipe from the Imagination Tree as a base, but I swapped the salt for cornstarch. I added a little bit of orange food coloring and cinnamon to make this play dough smell delicious!

After practicing your numbers, you can use the dough to make cute little gingerbread people!

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Free Gingerbread Counting Printables

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I hope you have a fabulous day!