Do you have little ones who love playdough? If so, we’ve got the perfect printable play dough mats for them! These mats are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, pre-k aged kids, and kindergarteners. They are a great way to practice counting, letter recognition, and more. Plus, they are just plain fun!
To use these playdough mats, simply print them out, give your child some play dough, and let them play! Hands on learning fun for the win!
What is the Best Way to Store Playdough and Playdough Mats?
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We recommend storing playdough and playdough mats in an airtight container. This will help keep the playdough fresh and prevent it from drying out. We also recommend using a laminator to laminate the playdough mats or using write and wipe pockets during play. This will make them more durable and extend their lifespan. Our favorite tools for playdough storage are:
- Latchmate Box for holding playdough and manipulatives
- IKEA Glis Box for individual playdough activities
- Small Plastic Containers to store batches of homemade playdough
Materials Needed to Create a Play Doh Mats Home Resource Library:
- Playdough Mats Printables (see list below)
- Medium Letter File Box or Binder for Printed PDF Playdough Mats
- Task Boxes
- Sensory Trays
- Playdough Manipulatives
Best Homemade Playdough Recipes:
If you are looking for the best playdough recipe to use with your playdough mats, we’ve got you covered! We have tested and tried many play dough recipes and these are our favorites.
How Do You Fix Playdough That is Too Dry?
If your playdough is too dry when you pull it out to play with your playdough mats, there are a few things you can try to fix it.
First, add a little bit of water to the playdough and knead it in. If that doesn’t work, you can try adding a bit of baby oil or lotion to the playdough. We’ve found that a little goes a long way, so start with a few drops and work it in. If the playdough is still too dry, you can try adding more until it reaches the desired consistency.
Another option is to simply make a new batch of playdough.
What are the Benefits of Play Dough?
Play dough is a great way to encourage fine motor skills, creativity, and imagination. It is also a great sensory play activity for kids of all ages. You can read all about the developmental benefits and sensory benefits of playdough here. Playdough mats truly are a fantastic tool to have in your homeschool or classroom.
In the list of playdough mats below, you’ll find several ways to teach various skills to your child. The following are examples of some of the skills worked on in a fun way using these playdough mats:
- Literacy skills such as:
- alphabet knowledge
- letter recognition
- letter sounds
- Uppercase and Lowercase Letter formation
- sight words
- Math skills such as:
- one-to-one correspondence
- number recognition
- number formation
- number word writing
- Science skills such as:
- sorting and classifying
And so much more!
How Does Playdough Help Fine Motor Skills?
Playdough is so much fun and a great way to build fine motor skills. The act of squishing, pinching, and rolling the playdough helps to strengthen the muscles in the hands and fingers. This is an important prewriting skill for kids to have as they learn to hold a pencil and form letters. Playdough mats are also a great way to work on fine motor skills. The mats often include activities that require kids to use their fingers and hands in a specific way. For example, playdough counting mats may include tens frames or number lines that need to be filled with a playdough tool. Others may have buttons, small toys like dinosaurs, or shapes that need to be pushed into the playdough. These types of activities help to build the muscles and coordination needed for writing.
What Can You Add to Playdough to Make It More Fun?
Playdough mats of course! Some of our other favorite playdough toys are:
|Fake Flowers||Cookie Cutters||Mini Erasers|
|Mr. Potato Head Pieces||Q-Tips||Comb|
|Garlic Masher||Kids Silverware||Wine Corks|
|Googly Eyes||Pom Poms||Pine Cones|
|Legos||Melon Baller||Matchbox Cars|
|Stamps||Kid Safe Scissors||Dough Rolling Pins|
|Plastic Eggs||Plastic Gems||Cake Candles|
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