Printable Playdough Mats for Every Season

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
Apple Tree Playdough Mat from
Halloween Playdough Mats from Storytime and more
Leaf Playdough Mats from
Turkey Playdough Mat from
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 Playdough Mat from Sparkle Box
Fishbowl Playdough Mat from
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
plastic forks, knives, or spoons
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  • 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


    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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