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 some laminated playdough mats and you are set to go.
Using this post, you can literally have so many playdough activities for preschool at your disposal, anytime you need! Try any of these awesome playdough mats with some homemade playdough and make learning even more fun!
Looking for ideas? I’ve got you covered! I have gathered together some of the best playdough mats to match a variety of themes and that cover many important preschool skills. And the best part? They are FREE!
One of my all-time favorite ways to teach anything is using playdough.
I mean, really….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 of my fail-proof playdough recipe, too).
It is my firm belief that all preschool teachers and homeschoolers should be equipped with their own amazing arsenal of ready-to-use playdough mats.
Remember how I said that I LOVE playdough? Well, I love playdough so much that I wrote a playdough recipe eBook. It features 45 unique diy playdough recipes. And, they really are all different.
It’s not just “add glitter” or “add essential oil”. The basic ingredients make up 45 totally different playdough recipes. You definitely won’t find this variety with store bought play doh.
And I’ve tried them all, so I know they work!
Since you will need A LOT of playdough to use with all of the awesome free printable playdough mats, be sure to check out my playdough recipe eBook! I wonder which one will be your favorite?
45 Playdough Recipes$10.00
Playdough is wonderful sensory play that helps preschoolers develop hand muscle strength, fine motor skills, creativity, and more.
And, it certainly doesn’t hurt that most young children simply LOVE playing with this dreamy dough!
Playdough mats are perfect for home or school.
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.
Playdough Activities For Preschool
If there is one thing that my preschoolers never seem to tire of, it is playing with playdough.
I love that this squishy, gooshy, soothing substance is a staple in toddler and preschool classrooms (and homes) everywhere! It is a favorite way to consistently make learning fun!
It is so beneficial in teaching motor skills and strengthening those little hand muscles and preparing them for all the big kid tasks like writing!
And, as a bonus, it has an amazing calming effect for children and adults, alike! As Mary Poppins might say, playdough is practically perfect!
Playdough Mats For Toddlers
Most toddlers fall in love with playdough the moment their tiny hands get to squoosh and smooosh it for the first time! It is bascially love at first sight (and feel!).
All the playdough mats in this post can be used with toddlers (some may need to be simplified). But, I also wanted to highlight a few of my favorite playdough mats for our youngest playdough lovers out there.
Happy playing and learning, little ones!
Playdough Alphabet Cards for Back To School
Your toddlers and preschoolers will delight at these beautiful alphabet cards. They are a surefire way to learn and practice letter formation as well as letter sounds.
Free Printable Fall Leaves Playdough Mats
Fall is such a fun time for young kiddos to explore outdoors. One way to tie in outdoor learning with your toddler and preschool centers is to go on a leaf hunt and then compare them with these fun playdough leaf mats.
Free Printable Christmas Playdough Mats For Toddlers
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Your toddlers (and preschoolers) will love playing with these festive Christmas playdough mats.
Put some holiday music on and make some peppermint scented playdough to really bring on the holiday cheer!
Shape Playdough Mats
These shapes playdough mats are perfect for toddlers, as they are basic with a simplicity that will allow your youngest learners to explore and start to get familiar with the most common shapes.
Monster Playdough Mats
These silly monster playdough mats are so adorable that they give monsters a good name! Kids will love creating their very own lovable playdough monster friends!
They have the cutest monster faces that will make toddlers giggle with delight.
Best Playdough Recipes
When it comes to homemade playdough recipes, there isn’t just one secret to success. There are so many variations! You most likely have your favorites and go-to’s.
But, there are so many options that you can curtail your recipe choices based on the activity, theme, or even your mood! Have fun exploring some of my tried-and-true favorites!
Playdough Recipe Without Cream of Tarter
No-cook playdough recipe that is easy to make and the perfect consistency? Yes, please!!
This is my all-time favorite and most popular playdough recipe! I love this playdough recipe because it is quick, easy, and turns out perfectly every time. It also has the excellent consistency for hand-strengthening.
This no-cook playdough recipe without cream of tartar is absolutely perfect.
Cooked Playdough Recipe
This is an oldie, but goodie. You know how sometimes the classics are, well, simply the best? When it comes to cooked playdough recipes, this one takes the cake…..or, the dough, rather.
This cooked playdough recipe turns out perfectly every time, which is why it is completely fail-proof! Every time! This old recipe is still trending because it is tried and true.
And, like I mentioned, it turns out every. single. time.
Scented Playdough Recipe
Watermelon-scented playdough for summer and perfectly pumpkin spice playdough for fall. Aromatic essential oils, kool-aid, coffee beans and other common household products can make playdough a delight to all your senses!
Certain scents even have the power to make kids feel happy, calm, and even more imaginative! Is this scented playdough magical, or what?
Edible Playdough Recipe
How many times as parents or teachers do we say (usually quite emphatically), “Don’t put that in your mouth” or “Don’t eat that!!” And, usually, this scenario holds true with playdough. With one exception.
I present to you…the exception to the “don’t put that in your mouth” rule in the playdough world. Yes, edible playdough is a real thing!
It is made from just a few basic ingredients….the main one being marshmallows!
As you might expect, this playdough is stretchhhy….but it does hold its shape.
45 Playdough Recipes$10.00
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m 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 a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of 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.