The Zig Zag Zebra Play Dough Activity with free printable play dough mats was inspired by the book Zed the Zebra by An Vrombaut. Reading this story to children is a wonderful way to introduce children the letter ‘Z’ and words that begin with this letter sound.
The activity involves creating zig zags, stripes and the letter z using black and white play dough and play dough mats.
The Zig Zag Zebra Play Dough Activity is a great follow on activity to extend the learning and understanding about the story and talk about the letter ‘Z’. It creates an opportunity to develop conversations, a story re-tell and develop fine motor skills.
What you will need?
You will also need black and white play dough and our printable Zig Zag Zebra Play Dough Mats. I used our Space Play Dough Recipe (no glitter) to create the black play dough and to make the white play dough, I did not add any food colouring to the same recipe.
Click here to download and print our 3 Zig Zag Zebra Play Dough Mats
- Create black and white zig zags, letter Z’s and zebra strips using the Zig Zag Zebra Printable Play Dough Mats.
- Count how many letter z’s you can see on the play dough mat.
- Can you follow the letter and zig zag lines using your pointing finger?
- Talk about other words that begin with the letter z.
- Go on a letter Z hunt! See if you can spot any letter z’s in a book, magazine, signs and any other environmental print.
- Watch and listen to songs about the letter Z on YouTube.
This activity is also a great opportunity for children to practise their scissor skills. Play dough makes a great tool for cutting up and strengthening those fine motor muscles in the hands and wrist.
- Creativity & Imagination
- Fine Motor Development
- Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
- Measurement and maths concepts: experimenting with size, space and area.
- Phonological awareness (onset-rime) – hearing and understanding that words are made up of individual sounds and other word patterns.
- Letter recognition
- Problem Solving – overcoming challenges.
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