Fun Food Play Dough Mats

Fun Food! Free Printable Play Dough Mats (They make great place mats too!)

It’s funny how things happen.

It started when we resurfaced our old dining table and I decided we needed place mats to protect the table a little, and that lead to me making some simple laminated place mats to help my big kids remember how to set the table.

But as soon as Noah saw the place mats his eyes twinkled and he said “Can I make a play dough dinner for that plate?”

And that is how my place mats turned into play dough mats!

Of course I couldn’t stop at just one, so I made a whole set of fun food play dough mats.

There is a cake stand so you can make and decorate a fabulous play dough cake.

Fun Food! Free Printable Play Dough Mats (They make great place mats too!)

Download the ‘Make a Cake’ play dough mat here.

And a sundae dish for making a yummy ice cream sundae!

Fun Food! Free Printable Play Dough Mats (They make great place mats too!)

Download the ‘Make an Ice Cream Sundae’ play dough mat here.

And lastly there’s the dinner mat, which doubles as a great place mat if you happen need one!

Fun Food! Free Printable Play Dough Mats (They make great place mats too!)

Download the ‘What’s for Dinner?’ play dough mat here.

Just print out the fun food play dough mats and laminate or cover each one in self adhesive paper and you are ready to make your own fun food creations.

Fun Food! Free Printable Play Dough Mats (They make great place mats too!)

These also work great with dry erase markers or crayons.

And now I need to make some actual place mats too!

We used the lovely soft early stART First Dough given to us as part of my ongoing partnership with Micador.

Make sure you check out our other free printable play dough mats!

free printable play dough mats - gardening and growing

You can find the gardening and growing play dough mats here.

free printable play dough mats - people
You can find the people play dough mats here.

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  1. says

    oh you wonderful woman! Just popped over to get the right link to your blog for a post I am writing and then I see these little beauties! i have 4 4 year olds tomorrow that are going to love this! They are playdough mad at the moment and I have been running out of ideas…you are a little ripper ;)

    • katepickle says

      Do you mean the little tray that has the bits and pieces in it??
      That is actually recycled packaging from some frozen food! I kept it because I liked the shape and thought it would be useful!

  2. says

    Katie! I always get excited when I see you’ve made a valuable printable playdough mat for kids :D You’re so very creative! Oh, & I have been reading your last few warm and inspirational posts as well…these are many reasons why I follow your blog and read every post in full! , you are very sweet and REAL! Thank You!!!

  3. Anne says

    Hi there,
    Your website has Great ideas and Thank you so much for providing the printable mats of Make a Cake, What’s for dinner and Make a ice cream sundae.
    I am looking to work with preschool kids and I need ideas to take to the interviews.
    Again thank you,

  4. says

    i absolutely love this idea. it’s such a great way to scaffold creative play.
    i’ve included a link to it in a blog post about play dough, with credit, of course.
    thank you! :)

  5. says

    Thank you, these are great! My 2.5-year-old son loves play dough, and we are learning about food this week at home and in speech therapy. These printables will work out well, I think.

  6. Miranda says

    Thankyou so much for making, posting and making them available to all! We have used them to draw on before laminating to make a permanent take-home placemat for our Draw My Dinner free drop-in session.

  7. says

    Just printed these for my kids, ages 2 and 4. Today was my 2 year old’s first time playing with play dough and I’m so excited to print out your other mats. You have the most fun printables!

  8. Mirjam says

    Thank you so much for sharing your printables with the world.
    I am from Belgium and will use this in my school.
    The children will LOVE it !!!

  9. Geraldine says

    These are fabulous! Is there any chance you could make the place mats in different colours, or a way I could change the colour myself? I would like to have different colours to match the different coloured cutlery to extend matching skills :-)

  10. Peri says

    The mats are a lovely idea, but where do you get the self adhesive paper or a laminator for an 8.5×11 piece of paper?? I’m sorry to sound so ignorant, but please do tell!! I’m dying to make these mats for my kids!!

    • katepickle says

      I assume you are not in Australia as our standard paper size is A4 so laminating sheets come in A4 size and are easy to find. But you could also use self adhesive paper… here it comes in a big roll so you can just cut off whatever size you need.
      You can also print these onto US ‘letter’ sized paper if that is helpful. Just choose ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options, that may shrink them a tiny bit but not enough to be a problem. That should work for whatever your standard size of paper is.


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