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!
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.
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.
And the faces play dough mats here.
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!
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.