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FREE Printable Playdough Mats for Every Season

FREE Printable Playdough Mats for Every Season

Use these free printable playdough mats as the perfect addition to any playdough activities! There are so many benefits to playing with play dough. Strengthening hand muscles, language skills, math skills, and creativity are just a few of the best things about young children playing with playdough.

Young kids can benefit from exploring and playing with play dough without anything extra added to it. There is no need to add something new until your child’s interest in the playdough by itself slows down. When it does, here are different ways to spice it up.

Playdough Tools

Different tools are a fun addition to play dough:

  • popsicle sticks
  • cupcake wrappers
  • plastic animals
  • muffin trays
  • rolling pin
  • birthday candles
  • cookie cutters
  • old garlic crushers
  • leaves
  • sticks
  • plastic forks, knives, or spoons
Free Printable Playdough Mats organized by season

Benefits of playing with playdough:

  • Strengthening fine motor muscles (fingers, wrists, and hands) which helps develops fine motor skills and coordination.
  • Gives an opportunity for dramatic play and fosters creativity and imagination.
  • Fun way to promote experimentation and discovery.
  • Increases vocabulary

Prepare the Playdough and Mats

My kids love using scented playdough (my favorite homemade playdough recipe) and playdough mats. The easiest way to prepare them is to laminate them. If laminating isn’t an option, you can cover the mat with clear contact paper or use a page protector. All of these options assure that it wipes clean after you use it.

Some of these free 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. These mats have different themes and are organize by season.


free printable playdough mats
Here are several free printables and other creative ideas for playing with playdough:
free printable playdough mats
photo from Storytime and more


Apple Tree Playdough Mat from
Halloween Playdough Mats from Storytime and more
Leaf Playdough Mats from
Turkey Playdough Mat from
free printable playdough mats
photo from The Preschool Toolbox


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



Kite Playdough Mat from
Flower Playdough Mat from


Crocodile Mat from Sparkle Box
Fishbowl Mat from

Letters of the Alphabet, Numbers and Shapes

Playdough Number Mats from Powerful Mothering – These printable mats include a number word, number formation, and number recognition.

Alphabet Playdough Mats from 123 Homeschool 4 Me – These abc playdough mats focus on letter recognition and letter formation.

Shape Playdough Mats from Preschool Play and Learn are great for young learners


Space Themed Mats from Sparkle Box
Transportation Mats from Preschool Play and Learn
photo from House of Baby Piranha

Fun activities with playdough are a fun way for older children to express their creativity. They are the perfect way for kids of different ages to have fun with the same activity (babysitters, older and younger siblings, etc.)

Cool Playdough Ideas:
Make a Playdough Zoo from House of Baby Piranha
Ice Cream Shop from Spell Outloud
Playdough Mystery Box from Inspiration Surrounds Creativity Abounds

sarah Meagher

Monday 23rd of November 2015

It looks like some of the links or defunct...just a heads up I couldn't find the mats or the 2 teaching mama site


Monday 23rd of November 2015

Fixed. Thanks!

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Thursday 29th of March 2012

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

Laura @ Beholding Glory

Wednesday 28th of March 2012



Saturday 24th of March 2012

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


Saturday 24th of March 2012

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!