Are your little ones obsessed with dinosaurs? Do they love getting their hands dirty with playdough? Well, we have the perfect activity for them! Introducing our brand new Dinosaur Playdough Mats – the ultimate way for kids to bring prehistoric creatures to life while strengthening their fine motor skills and sparking their imaginations. So, let’s dig in and get ready for some Jurassic-sized fun!
Meet the Dinosaurs in the Playdough Mats
Get ready to roar into the land of dinosaurs with our incredible dinosaur playdough mats! These mats include 12 different prehistoric creatures such as the mighty T-Rex, spiky Stegosaurus, and horned Triceratops, complete with their name and a fun reference drawing for kids to look at. But that’s not all – each mat also features a table of facts about the dinosaur, including its period, habitat, diet, length, and weight.
The best part is the playdough outline shaped like each dinosaur, which allows kids to unleash their creativity and mold and shape the playdough into their own unique designs.
Dinosaurs included are:
Dinosaur Playdough Mats and Their Educational Benefits
These dinosaur playdough mats are more than just a fun way to engage your child in playtime. They also provide a wealth of educational benefits that can help your child learn and grow. Here are just a few of the ways that dinosaur playdough mats can be educational:
Learn About Dinosaurs in a Fun Way
These dinosaur playdough mats are a perfect way to engage your child in learning about these fascinating creatures in a fun and interactive way. Each playdough mat features a unique dinosaur with a variety of fun facts and information, from their habitat to their diet to their length and weight. This activity would pair perfectly with this free dinosaur lapbook! As your child creates their dinosaur out of playdough, they can explore the different traits and features that made each species so unique.
In addition to the dinosaur playdough mats, we also have a set of dinosaur play dough task cards that can be used to further enhance your child’s learning experience. These task cards include a range of different dinosaurs and playdough activities that encourage children to think creatively and learn about dinosaurs in a hands-on way.
Enhance Fine Motor Skills
Not only are the dinosaur playdough mats an educational tool, but they are also an excellent way to enhance fine motor skills. Working with playdough is a great way for kids to develop their hand-eye coordination, finger strength, and dexterity. As they mold and shape the playdough to fit the dinosaur outlines, they are strengthening the muscles in their hands and fingers, which will help them in other areas of their lives, such as handwriting and other fine motor tasks.
Encourage Imaginative Play
One of the best things about our dinosaur playdough mats is that they encourage imaginative play. Your child can create their own prehistoric world, complete with dinosaurs, landscapes, and anything else their imagination can dream up. This type of play allows children to explore their creativity and imagination, which can help with problem-solving skills and critical thinking.
Learn About Different Periods in Dinosaur History
The dinosaur playdough mats also provide an opportunity to learn about different periods in dinosaur history. Each dinosaur comes from a specific time period, such as the Jurassic or Cretaceous period, and has its unique characteristics and traits. As your child creates their dinosaur and learns about its features, they can also explore the time period in which it lived and learn about other dinosaurs that existed during that time. The printable packet also includes a full page for both the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras that can be used as playdough mats to build the Earth as it was during that period, or as posters for kids to reference.
Playdough has been a favorite sensory tool for kids for generations. The squishy, pliable texture is perfect for molding and creating whatever a child’s imagination can conjure up.
To learn more about the educational benefits of playdough, check out our previous blog post on the topic. We go into greater detail about the science behind how playdough can help your child’s development.
How to Use the Dino Playdough Mats
Now that we’ve covered the educational benefits, let’s get to the fun part: playing with playdough mats! The first thing you are going to need to do is download and print out the mats on high-quality paper or cardstock for durability. You can also choose to laminate the mats or use a write and wipe pocket to make them reusable.
Then, grab some playdough in different colors and let your child’s imagination run wild. Encourage them to use their creativity to mold and shape the playdough into the outline of each dinosaur. Maybe their T-Rex will have a pink tail, or the Triceratops will have rainbow spikes. Don’t be afraid to get silly!
As kids play, they’ll be learning important facts about each dinosaur, such as the period the dinosaur lived in, their habitat, diet, and more. It’s a win-win situation: fun and education combined!
When your child is finished playing, simply wipe the playdough off the mats with a damp cloth, and they’ll be ready for the next play session.
Looking for more fun and educational activities to do with your child? Check out our other dinosaur activities for kids on the blog, including dinosaur-themed crafts, sensory bins, and science projects. With these activities, your child can continue to explore and learn about these fascinating creatures in a variety of engaging ways.
Get Your Dinosaur Playdough Mats
Get ready to have a roaring good time with our dinosaur playdough mats! If you’re ready to start playing and learning with your child, you can purchase the digital download of our dinosaur playdough mats in our shop.
Simply download, print, and start creating!
For even more value, consider joining the Printables 4 Learning Content Club. Not only will you get access to our dinosaur playdough mats, but you’ll also receive a whole collection of educational and engaging printables for your child. And the best part? You can try it out for free with our 5-day trial, using the coupon code DINODOUGH. So what are you waiting for? Join today and start playing and learning with your child!
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