People Play Dough Mats – Free Printable!

January 22, 2014

People Play Dough Mats - Free Printable !

Inspired by Creative Play Central’s cool play dough pictures and a fashion model colouring/drawing book my girls got for Christmas, I decided to make some very simple play dough mats this afternoon.

I thought Noah might have fun making faces and people, but I had no idea how much fun the rest of us would have too!

It started out with just Noah at the table using the coloured dough to make facial features and clothes and hair, but before long Morgan joined in and then the girls and eventually we were all creating, even me!

People Play Dough Mats - Free Printable !

Morgan started out making someone who looked ‘just like me, choosing the palest skin tone (he is very fair!) and double checking that his eyes were in fact blue. The girls got carried away designing clothes and shoes and elaborate accessories, and Noah made monsters… which is his subject of choice at the moment.

It was so much fun to choose a body or a face and then get crazy with dough and accessories, and the activity sparked lots of conversation and learning about body parts, clothes and how everyone looks different.

We used modelling clay (plasticine) because we happened to have some and the colours are so bright and fun, but it would be just as great with shop bought or homemade play dough.

People Play Dough Mats - Free Printable !

I added a few accessories like beads, sequins, googley eyes, cut up pipe cleaners and gems, just for fun!

You can download the people play dough mats here.

People Play Dough Mats - Free Printable !

And the faces play dough mats here.

People Play Dough Mats - Free Printable !

They come in four skin tones and all you need to do is print them and laminate (or use self adhesive book covering) and you are ready to create!

People Play Dough Mats - Free Printable !

We’d love to see what you create with these play dough mats. Feel free to upload a photo or two and share them on my facebook page!

If your kids love play dough as much as mine, then check out the Homemade Play Dough Recipe book (affiliate link – I get a percentage of sales if you buy via this link). It’s full of fabulous, doable, home made play dough recipes and ideas.

Nurture Store - Homemade Play Dough Recipes and Activities

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate Lloyd January 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm

These are seriously fabulous. I can’t wait to get creative myself! LOL

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Bek (Just For Daisy) January 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm

They turned out fabulous!! We are going to have to give this a go! :) Thanks for sharing – you create such wonderful printables!

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jackie January 23, 2014 at 12:55 am

Kate, this is one of the best Playdough activities I’ve seen yet!

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Catherine January 23, 2014 at 1:16 am

Thanks for sharing! What a great idea!

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Ness @ One Perfect Day January 23, 2014 at 1:17 am

Kate these are AWESOME! R is going to love these.

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Celena January 23, 2014 at 2:40 am

This is amazing!We are doing this today!

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Tracey January 23, 2014 at 5:59 am

These are brilliant. My son just opened a new container of play clay yesterday. Do you know the book my Robert Munsch about play clay?

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katepickle February 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I will have to search for that book at the library! We love Robert Munsch! His website is fab too!

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Lucy @ Bake Play Smile January 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

Such a wonderful idea! Very clever!! :-)

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Cybele @ blahblah January 23, 2014 at 10:53 am

What an awesome idea. Thanks x

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Emma January 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Hi Kate,
I can’t open the printable play dough mat faces. I was able to do the people but not faces. Any clues? It’s a great idea!
Cheers
Emma

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katepickle January 24, 2014 at 11:18 am

Sorry you are having trouble with the faces Emma…

Do you get a specific error message when you try to open the file?
Did you try downloading them again… perhaps they were corrupted on the way down?

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Frog Goose and Bear January 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Kate – you are such a creative gem. What a winner of an activity!

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Ana January 24, 2014 at 12:44 am

Can I say BRILLIANT? And can I say it again?

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Veens January 24, 2014 at 7:44 am

Looks so so fun! I hope Aarya likes it too :)

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Jackie January 24, 2014 at 9:24 am

What a fabulous play resource. I’m impressed by the playdough plaits. :)

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Elise @ Creative Play Central January 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

Kate, thank you so much for including us in your post! I love your colourful and gorgeous creations. As you know we are huge fans of play dough dress ups too – they’re always lots of fun to create. Play dough plaits must be the flavour of the month, my daughter has been including them in her play dough and craft creations too :)

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Janine January 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Love, love, love these. Thank you for sharing, I cannot wait to use these with my kindy and pre-primary students :)

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Emily January 29, 2014 at 1:05 am

Hi! Love these! The faces doesn’t work for me either. No error message, just keeps running and running. ?

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katepickle February 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

It must just be the heavy load on my server… perhaps try again now that the demand is a bit less? If you still have problems let me know.

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Monika January 29, 2014 at 11:19 am

Thank you, lovely Lady, for sharing this brilliant resource! What an awesome activity and such a helpful tool for the little ones. So many avenues to explore and engage them! :)

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Deb @ Living Montessori Now February 27, 2014 at 12:51 am

I love these, Kate! It’s awesome that you included a number of different shades! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome printables. I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest. :)

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Liliana February 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

These are lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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Stacey February 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Thank you! I am going to add these to my son’s human body unit. I think I might give him white fuzzy wires or dough for the bones and colored dough for the organs.

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