For years two of my kids’ favorite things included fish crackers and play dough. I’m pretty sure each of my preschoolers would agree with this too! There’s something about those smiley fish crackers that are irresistible. And play dough is so fun and can help with so many little kid skills while being played with. So put the idea of the 2 together, and you get this adorable set of alphabet fish play dough mats!
Alphabet Fish Play Dough Mats
Our printable alphabet fish play dough set includes a fish tank for building play dough letters and 26 colorful fish cards. Each fish card includes one uppercase and lowercase letter printed on it.
Print the entire set and cut the fish cards apart on the gray dotted lines. Laminate the fish cards and the fish tank page. If you do not have access to a laminator, stick the the fish tank in a plastic page protector so the play dough does not leave marks on the paper.
Now let the fun begin!
Pick a fish card, identify the letter on it, and build the letter out of play dough on the fish tank.
The great thing about the alphabet fish cards is that you can pick to create the uppercase letter or lowercase letter. Or you can build both letters. It just depends on the alphabet letter skills that are being worked on!
For Even More Play Dough Fun
The activities that end up being a favorite in my classroom grow with my preschoolers. This means that different leveled learners can all play the same activity.
If the letters of the alphabet have been mastered, move on to creating simple CVC words with the alphabet fish cards. The fish tank play dough mats are large enough to fit simple words as well.
To engage those reluctant learners to join in and take a turn with the alphabet fish play dough mats, make it into a fishing game! Add magnets to the back of the fish cards and put them into a pile on the floor or table. Use a wooden dowel or ruler and attach a string with paperclip at the end. The paperclip can act as hook on a fishing pole and will be attracted to the magnets on the back of the fish cards.
Go fishing for the letters before building them with play dough on the fish tank mats! This will make the activity way more inviting and fun!
Grab Your Copy
Ready to practice your alphabet? Grab your copy of the Alphabet Fish Play Dough Mats by clicking the blue button below! Then, hop on over and try these Sight Word Butterflies!