Playdough

Both kids (ages 5 and 2) are having fun with playdough lately which makes me happy because there are so many benefits to playing with playdough!

Benefits of playing with playdough:
*Strengthening fingers, wrists, and hands which helps develops fine motor skills and coordination.
*Gives an opportunity for dramatic play and fosters creativity and imagination.
*Gives a chance for experimentation and discovery.
*Increases vocabulary.

They love using scented playdough (my favorite playdough recipe) and playdough mats. Just laminate or cover a playdough mat with contact paper and it wipes clean after you use it.

Some playdough mats have a purpose such as making letters or putting  a certain number of “apples” on a tree and others are for creative open ended play.

Here are several playdough mats that you can print for free and other creative ideas for playing with playdough:

photo from Storytime and more
 
Fall
Apple Tree Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Halloween Playdough Mats from Storytime and more
Leaf Playdough Mats from Childcareland.com
Turkey Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
photo from The Preschool Toolbox

Winter

Snowman Playdough Mats from PreKinders
Mitten Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Penguin Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow Playdough Mat from The Preschool Toolbox
photo from PreKinders

 

Spring
Kite Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Flower Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Summer
Crocodile Playdough Mat from Sparkle Box
Fishbowl Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Other
Alphabet Playdough Mats from 2 Teaching Mommies
Number Playdough Mats from Money Saving Mom
photo from House of Baby Piranha

 

Cool Playdough Ideas:
Make a Playdough Zoo from House of Baby Piranha
Playdough Ice Cream Shop from Spell Outloud
Playdough Mystery Box from Inspiration Surrounds Creativity Abounds
Playdough Lacing Activity from The Activity Mom
Frosting Dough Recipe from The Activity Mom
Pretend Play with Playdough from The Activity Mom
Items to Use with Playdough:
popsicle sticks
cupcake wrappers
plastic animals
muffin trays
rolling pin
birthday candles
cookie cutters
old garlic crushers
leaves
sticks
plastic forks, knives, or spoons

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Comments

  1. I love the mats you featured!

  2. Great idea to cover mats with contact paper. I have a few that needs to be protected. Now I need to look up some of those mats that you have links for. Thanks!

  3. Brilliant post! I’ve never seen play dough mats before, my DD will love them!

  4. Thanks!

  5. Playdough- number 1 toy ever. For me it’s the cheapest simplest trick to get my kids busy for a couple of hours.