We love play dough. Even my big kids enjoy a bit of dough play, and my four year old just adores it! We’ve tried loads of fun play dough activities and ideas over the years, but some of the most fun we’ve had with play dough is when we get out the play dough mats.
I’ve been creating our own printable play dough mats based on my preschooler’s interests for a little while now, and we all loves them.
My goal with the play dough mats is to spark my four year old’s interest and creativity, without totally directing his play, so our play dough mats are simply a starting point, some inspiration, an invitation to play and create.
Our play dough mats are full of blank faces, empty plates, bare gardens, and more, just waiting to be filled with anything you can imagine!
You can use play dough mats with home-made play dough, shop bought dough, modelling clay/plasticine, or any kind of dough. You don’t need anything other than the mats and the dough, but collecting a few accessories to go with the theme is always fun.
Here are a few accessories we love to use with our play dough mats:
- googly eyes
- plastic gems
- gum nuts
- tooth picks
- pipe cleaners
- glass nuggets
We can’t decide which set of play dough mats we love the most, so here they all are…
our free printable play dough mats:
People Play Dough Mats
This set comes with 8 mats – bodies and faces in four different skin tones.
Fun Food Play Dough Mats
This set comes with 3 mats – ‘make and ice cream’, ‘make a cake’ and ‘what’s for dinner?’
Garden and Growing Play Dough Mats
This set comes with 3 mats – ‘what is growing in your posts?’, ‘what is growing in your garden?’, and ‘what is growing on your tree?’
Christmas Play Dough Mats
This set comes with 3 mats – ‘decorate the Christmas tree’, ‘decorate some Christmas cookies’ and ‘Santa needs some clothes!’.
Beautiful Bugs Play Dough Mats
This set comes with 4 mats – ‘This snail needs a shell’, ‘Who belongs to these legs?’, ‘Who lives on this web?’ and ‘Give the butterfly some wings’.
Make a Minion Play Dough Mats
This set comes with two play dough mats plus a page of printable minion eyes.
Pirate Play Dough Mats
This set comes with 4 mats – ‘What does your pirate flag look like?’, ‘What does your pirate ship look like?’, ‘Make a treasure map’ and ‘What is in your treasure chest.’
Monster Play Dough Mats
This set comes with four different monsters to make.
Easter Play Dough Mats
This set comes with four mats – ‘Decorate an Easter Hat’, ‘Decorate an Easteregg’, ‘Who belongs to these ears?’ and ‘What is hatching out of this egg?’.
I’ll also let you in on a little secret…
These play dough mats also make great drawing prompts, and, our free printable drawing prompts also work great as play dough mats!
If you have an idea for our next set of free printable drawing prompts, please leave a comment and let me know!