Play dough mats are pictures or drawings that can be laminated or placed in a page protector, and they encourage a child to interact with the pictures through the use of play dough. This provides them a great opportunity to work on their fine motor, problem solving, pretend play, pre-writing, pre-reading, and pre-math skills, all while keeping them occupied and (hopefully) out of trouble!
In my last post, I shared 12 simple play dough activities for preschoolers, which you can read by clicking here. At the end of that post, I mentioned that I have been on a play dough mat kick lately and that I would be sharing a round-up of lots of play dough mats for preschoolers. I am happy to say that I have collected FORTY different links to preschool play dough mats from around the web!
I have organized the links by category to try and make browsing easier for you, including:
- People and Animals
- Plants and Food
- Shapes, Letters, and Numbers
- Seasonal (including Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring/Easter, Summer, Fall/Apples, Pumpkins, Thanksgiving, Winter/Christmas)
Most of the play dough mats in this list are free. Some are available at a very small price. The reason I am including some that are not free is because I think those specific ones are awesome or serve a special purpose. For example, I have worked with kids who are obsessed with dinosaurs and know all the names of the many different dinosaurs. I would have LOVED to have had dino play dough mats that had dino names on them when I worked with those kids! Well, I’ve found some and, even they are not free, I would totally buy them to use with my little dinosaur experts because they would love them and it would be a way to enhance motivation while working on fine motor skills in therapy.
Please browse through, download/print your favorites, and pin this post for later so you can come back to it when you need new play dough mats for the kids in your life!
PEOPLE AND ANIMALS
People bodies and faces // Picklebums
Dress-up dolls // Moms and Crafters
Finish the dinosaurs (four for $1) // Craftulate (dino featured in photo collage at top of post)
Bugs and critters // Picklebums (butterfly featured in photo collage at top of post)
Put animals on the farm // Pre-Kinders
Fish in the ocean counting mats // Pre-Kinders
Dinosaur counting mats // Pre-Kinders
Feed the giraffe // Pre-Kinders
Feed the monster // Pre-Kinders
Make dog and cat food // Pre-Kinders
Make carrots for the rabbit // Pre-Kinders
PLANTS AND FOOD
Watermelon seed counting cards // Modern Preschool
Flower petals mats // Learn with Play at Home
Dinner and dessert // Picklebums
Cherry pie // Pre-Kinders
SHAPES, LETTERS, AND NUMBERS
Shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, diamond/rhombus, oval) // Pre-Kinders
Shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus, star, oval, heart — word on page) // Life Over C’s
Alphabet mats for capital and lowercase letters with matching letter picture // Kidz Activities
Learning the alphabet bundle pack ($10 for a huge bundle of printable goodies) // This Reading Mama
Alphabet mats (related to letter sounds) // 123Homeschool4Me
Numbers and counting 0-10 0-10 // Life Over C’s
Numbers and counting 0-20 ($3 for all) // In My World
Valentine’s Day Queen of Hearts counting mats // Pre-Kinders
St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun counting mats // Pre-Kinders
Spring themed mats // Itsy Bitsy Fun
Spring/Easter themed mats // This Reading Mama
Easter themed mats // Growing Hands-On Kids
Easter bunny counting mats // Pre-Kinders
Summer themed mats // The Imagination Tree
Summer themed mats // This Reading Mama (bee featured in photo collage at top of post)
“Ten Red Apples” counting mats // Pre-Kinders
Fall themed mats // Tot Schooling (tree featured in photo collage at top of post)
Fall themed mats (apples, autumn, and Thanksgiving) // This Reading Mama
“5 Little Pumpkins” counting mats // Pre-K Pages
Turkey feathers Thanksgiving mats // Pre-Kinders
Winter themed mats // This Reading Mama
Snowman counting mats // Pre-Kinders
Gingerbread house counting mats // Pre-Kinders
Christmas tree counting mats // Pre-Kinders
Christmas themed decoration mats // Gift of Curiosity
Do you have a play dough mat you’ve created that isn’t included on this list? Please leave us a link to it in the comments below!
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