“Ahoy the me hearties!” These free printable pirate playdough mats are perfect for lots of pirate themed fun!
With this pirate themed playdough activity, your little buccaneers can embark on a swashbuckling adventure that combines creativity and imagination with a fun fine motor and sensory activity. These pirate playdough mats are perfect for kids of all ages who love pirates!
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These pirate play dough mats are perfect for kids who are mad about pirates, they are great for a pirate themed learning activity, or to celebrate ‘Talk like a Pirate’ Day on September 19th (which is a national fundraising day for Childhood Cancer Support here in Australia)!
If your kids love playdough mats then they will love these creative, open-ended, printable playdough mat sets in our shop.
What do Children Learning from These Pirate Playdough Mats?
These pirate playdough mats offer lots of different learning opportunities for young adventurers.
- Children are using their imagination and creative thinking skills with these creative, open-ended playdough prompts.
- The open-ended questions and designs encourage lots of language development with storytelling and role playing opportunities.
- They are a great way to work on fine motor skills as well as math skills such as shapes and counting, colour recognition and spatial awareness.
- They are a great extension activity to pair with a pirate book or history lesson.
For more pirate themed fine motor fun try this free printable, pirate cutting activity.
Setting Up a Pirate Playdough Activity.
Setting up a pirate playdough activity is quick and easy with these free printable playdough mats.
After you have printed the playdough mats (see below for download link) grab some playdough and some accessories.
We used our favourite, quick and easy microwave play dough recipe to make some brightly coloured playdough to go with these play dough mats, but you can use shop bought dough or your own favourite playdough recipe.
Here’s a fun sand dough recipe that would be great with these pirate playdough mats.
Gather a collection of loose parts and accessories that match the pirate theme. You don’t need lots of fancy items or accessories, you can buy most of these things online (I’ve linked to some ideas in the list below) or at your local craft or dollar store, or hunt around at home and I’m sure you’ll find lots of things you can use. Be sure to supervise young children with any small items.
Here are some ideas of items and accessories you can use with these pirate playdough mats:
Free Printable Pirate Play Dough Mats!
There are four play dough mats in this pirate themed set.
There is a pirate flag to decorate, a treasure chest waiting for some treasure, an empty pirate map, and an empty sea for a pirate ship to sail on.
Each mat has an image and a question which is designed to encourage creativity and imagination. There are no right or wrong way to use these play dough mats, so if the pirate’s flag has a flower on it and the treasure chest is full of chocolate, that’s awesome!
Print this set of free pirate themed playdough mats and laminate them, or pop them in a dry erase pocket and they are ready to use.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. It will fit to print on US ‘letter sized’ paper, just be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options to allow for printer margins.
If you’ve got kids who love pirates, print out these play dough mats and have lots of fun creating!
They also work great with dry erase markers or crayons, or print them in black and white on plain paper and use them as drawing prompts!
More Fabulous Playdough Ideas
And if you love playdough mats you can find all of our free printable play dough mats here.