Playdough is a must-have in any preschool classroom, and it can also be the perfect tool for some hands-on learning activities for preschoolers. Add a laminated playdough mat and you are set to go. Looking for ideas? Try any of these 20+ Playdough Mats that are sure to make learning even more fun!
Printable Playdough Mats for All Times of the Year
One of my all-time favorite ways to teach anything is using playdough.
In fact, I love playdough so much that I wrote a playdough recipe eBook. It features 45 unique playdough recipes.
Here is my crazy popular playdough recipe that doesn’t even call for cream of tartar. As I always say, I’d rather save my cream of tartar for Snickerdoodles than for playdough. But the playdough that comes from this recipe is just the perfect consistency and it lasts months.
Anyway, the recipes in my eBook really are all different. It’s not just “add glitter” or “add essential oil”. The basic ingredients make up 45 totally different playdough recipes.
And I’ve tried them all, so I know they work.
That’s how much I love playdough.
So you know I’m going to have an arsenal of playdough printable mats that I can quickly print and laminate and use in my preschool classroom, (and several batches on my fail-proof playdough recipe, too).
Not a preschool teacher?
No problem! These mats are perfect for home, too. If you don’t have a laminator, you can just slip any of these printable playdough mats into a page protector and tape the edge down. In fact, having them all in a binder is an awesome way to store them at home.
If playdough is a staple “toy” in your home or classroom, then you’d better pin this post. It is the ultimate list of awesome playdough printables for preschoolers.
Playdough Mats for Anytime
Do you have a preschooler who loves all things princesses? These free princess play dough mats will have her playing for hours!
Your preschoolers will be over the moon for these outer space playdough mats. Pair this free printable with a space, moon, or stars lesson theme to make learning even more fun, or encourage storytelling and language skills by having the kids narrate as they play.
If your kids love minions, they’ll love bringing them to life on these free minion playdough mats. This download includes one sheet with a single minion design and one sheet with a group of 3 minions.
Playdough helps preschoolers develop hand muscle strength, fine motor skills, creativity, and more. If you’re looking for unique recipes for your playdough activities, this e-book of 45 playdough recipes is the perfect resource.
Have a preschooler with a sweet tooth? These cupcake play dough mats are a fun way to keep kids busy (without the sugar rush!). As a bonus, they’ll be working their fine motor skills as they design the sprinkles on top.
This free resource includes downloads for both alphabet and number playdough mats. These mats can be used in several different ways while letting your kids have fun as they learn.
These people playdough mats are an excellent way to let your preschoolers express themselves with a self-portrait, making a friend’s face, or just creating something silly. This free download comes with both a face and a body printable.
This pack of playdough shape mats for the entire year is an excellent resource for all your playdough activities. The pack includes 12 non-holiday related themes and comes in both color and blackline masters.
The link to these super cute Easter playdough mats includes free downloads for an Easter hat, Easter egg, Easter bunny, and hatching egg printable. These are the perfect way to level up your Easter-themed playdough activities.
Help your preschoolers learn how to count to 10 with these free playdough mats all about trees. These mats are a great way to get students excited about learning.
These beautiful bug playdough mats include free downloads for a snail, caterpillar, spider, and butterfly. You could use these mats on their own or as a fun addition to your bug-themed lessons.
What’s growing in your pots? What’s growing in your garden bed? What’s growing in your tree? These are the three printable themes you’ll find in these free gardening and growing playdough mats.
Combine these bug catcher playdough mats with your bug lessons for a fun way to teach your preschoolers about their favorite creepy crawlies. These versatile mats can be easily tailored to fit your teaching style.
These free playdough mats for spring theme are a great way to teach colors and basic shapes. They work well with a spring, weather, or insect theme and will have your preschoolers busy for hours.
Playdough Mats for Summertime
Print your free castle playdough mats and let your kids have at it! Perfect for knights, kings and queens, prince and princesses, dragon fans, and of course learning about castles.
These free cactus theme number formation play dough mats are a perfect addition to your writing and math centers when doing a desert theme. This printable includes numbers 0-20 and is also an excellent way to sharpen number identification skills.
These pirate playdough mats are sure to capture your preschooler’s attention! This free resource includes a downloadable pirate ship, pirate flag, treasure map, and treasure chest printables.
If you’re learning about the ocean or doing a seaside unit, these under the sea playdough mats are for you. These mats double as an excellent backdrop for small worlds or puppet shows.
Enjoy all the perks of the season with these summer theme playdough mats. This free resource includes downloads for several different summer-themed mats.
Playdough Mats for Fall
Let your preschoolers’ imaginations run wild with these fun monster playdough mats. This link includes free downloads for red, yellow, green, and blue monsters.
Want more monsters for your kids to play with? These monster playdough mats are a fun way for kids to get quirky and imaginative as they design silly faces and goofy monsters.
Let your preschoolers make you a cake, an ice cream sundae, or a plate of dinner with these fun food playdough mats. This is a free resource that works beautifully with a food theme.
Preschoolers get to practice counting on these turkey playdough printables. These are really fun playdough mats for Thanksgiving!
Don’t forget these farm playdough printables, either. These come in two levels, one printable playdough mat for preschoolers and another for toddlers.
These fall playdough mats are iconic for fall. They include leaves, pumpkins, acorns and more.
Playdough Mats for Winter
Preschoolers can get really creative with these Winter and Christmas Playdough Mats.
These snowman playdough printables are too cute to pass up. Add them to your winter preschool theme.
Reinforce letter formation and alphabet skills with these icy playdough mats that are perfect for your winter or arctic preschool theme.
The snowmen in these playdough mats are different shapes, so your preschooler gets a little extra math while working with their playdough, too.
Add some counting practice to your winter theme fun with these winter playdough counting mats. They will help teach number recognition, too!
Looking for More Printable Playdough Mats?
This pack of playdough shape mats was designed with preschoolers, kindergarten and early first graders in mind themes for an entire year. Including all the traditional shapes taught in the early years, these playdough mats make learning shapes hands-on. They are fun for kids and effective for teaching.
This pack of playdough shape mats includes twelve non-holiday related themes. The printable pages come in color and blackline masters totally over 250 printable pages for themes throughout the year.
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction