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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
 

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
 
 
free printable playdough mats
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 Mat from Sparkle Box
Fishbowl Mat from Childcareland.com
 
 

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
 
 

Other:

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
 
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7 Comments

  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    I love the mats you featured!

    March 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply purplesunset24

    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!

    March 24, 2012 at 6:08 am
  • Reply Amber

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

    March 24, 2012 at 7:01 am
  • Reply Laura @ Beholding Glory

    Thanks!

    March 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply prozac and pregnancy birth defects

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

    March 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply sarah Meagher

    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

    November 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply Nicole

      Fixed. Thanks!

      November 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

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