Play dough is one of the most versatile educational and sensory play materials available for kids. We’ve gathered some of the best FREE printable play dough mats for kids from educational bloggers around the globe. Keep your own kids busy, entertained, and learning through play at home, in childcare, or in the classroom this spring.
Free Printable Play Dough Mats for Kids!
Play dough builds important fine motor skills and encourages creativity for kids of all ages. Younger kids can squeeze, pinch, and learn to roll long “worms” for making letters and numbers, while older kids can use their own creativity to design musical instruments, parts of the human body, or unique constructions on their own. We hope the FREE printable play dough mats below will inspire your own kids to create and learn through hands-on play.
Free Printable Play Dough Mats to Encourage Math Skills for Kids
Counting and Real Relationships with Numbers: The goal with preschoolers is to help them establish REAL RELATIONSHIPS with numbers to create a solid base that can be built upon as they grow. Free pumpkin-themed counting mats and tips to encourage real relationships with numbers from The Preschool Toolbox
Bunny-Themed Mats: Use these free printable bunny shape mats to teach children about shapes, all while strengthening their hands and fingers – from Fun-A-Day
Shapes Mats: Why teach shapes to kids? Learn why children need to learn shapes and the best activities to help. Printable Play Dough Mats will help kids learn through hands-on creation and play – from Team Cartwright
Math and Counting Mats: Play with counting and One-to-One Correspondence with FUN popcorn counting play dough mats – from Simple Fun for Kids.
Math and Counting Mats: Create spiders and practice One-to-One Correspondence with these free mats – from Preschool Play and Learn.
Math and 10 Frame Mats: Math and 10 Frame Counting Mats: Incorporate counting skills with fun bubble-themed 10 Frame Mats – from Simple Fun for Kids
Math and Counting: Hot Cocoa Cups and play dough marshmallow creations help encourage number sense in preschool – print and play mats from The Preschool Toolbox
Shapes Mats: Free Printable 2-D play dough mats include a triangle, circle, square, rectangle, hexagon, diamond, and oval – from Moments with Miss.
Shapes and Lines Mats: Print the play dough mats to encourage fine motor skills with fun shapes and lines – from Laly Mom.
Dinosaur Counting Mats: For our dinosaur theme we set out these free printable dinosaurs counting play dough mats with various loose parts. As they played kids were also learning to count, identify numbers and number words, and create sets for individual numbers. But shh…they think they were only playing – from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Orchard Apple Math and Counting Mats: Practice One-to-One Correspondence, Colors and Numbers Recognition with the free printable apple tree counting mats for kids – from The Preschool Toolbox.
Edible Cookie Play Dough and Counting Mats: Edible Cookie Dough Playdough is the best! Children can cut the dough, squeeze the dough, flatten the dough, slice the dough, and make cookies to use with their counting play dough mats – from Natural Beach Living.
Math and Counting Mats: Toddlers and preschoolers will love this set of free counting play dough printable #’s 1-10 mats. A fun way to work on sensory, fine motor and math skills during centers time or at home – from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Math and Counting Mats: This is a super set of 75 playdough mats for 0-20 that are perfect for teaching math – from A Plus Teaching Resources
Star-Themed Shapes Mats: Look to the stars and play with these FUN star-themed play dough mats to encourage learning and creating with shapes – from 3Dinosaus.
Free Printable Play Dough Mats to Encourage Literacy Skills for Kids
Pre-Writing Mats: Pre-writing skills are fundamental to coloring, holding a pencil, writing, and drawing. Help encourage your own preschooler’s emerging skills with a zesty Mandarin Orange Playdough and our free pre-writing line paths printable – from The Preschool Toolbox
Literacy and Transportation-Themed Mats: With these fun free transportation-themed play dough mats, kids can shape the play dough into the desired letter which provides a sensory experience, and reinforces hands-on learning through play – from The Chaos and the Clutter.
Literacy and Counting Mats to Accompany If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Today we’re combining two of our favorite things- play dough and books! See how much fun we had with this adorable chocolate chip cookie counting activity – from the Art Kit Blog
Pre-Writing Mats: Using apple-scented playdough for pre-writing is a fun way to combine fine motor development with sensory learning! The sense of smell is powerful for children – try scents of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon in the playdough to provide lasting memories for your kids. Free mats to print and play from The Preschool Toolbox.
Literacy – Winter-Themed Play Dough Mats: These free winter playdough mats are the perfect addition to your winter preschool activities. Kids can build fine motor skills, letter recognition, and practice with handwriting – from Homeschool Preschool
Literacy -Garbage Truck-Themed Pre-Writing Mat: If your kids love watching the garbage truck, come read, play, and create with a free play dough mat to encourage pre-writing skills – from The Preschool Toolbox
Literacy – Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: The play dough mats display just the basic large dinosaur pickle shaped head and a set of eyes. The rest of the mat was intentionally open-ended for individual creativity and play from JDaniel4sMom.
Literacy – Summer-Themed Play Dough Mats: These free summer-themed play dough mats will encourage beginning letter sounds with FUN summer objects for hands-on learning and play – from Homeschool Preschool
Literacy -Alphabet Letter Creation Mats: While using these alphabet play dough mats, kids will learn letters, letter sounds, develop fine motor skills and more. All in a fun, hands-on way from Fun Learning for Kids
Literacy and CVC Word Mats: Learn about word families with a CVC play dough mat – from Simple Fun for Kids
Literacy and CVC Word Mats: Cat in the Hat free printable playdough CVC words mat – create, play, and learn – from The Preschool Toolbox
Free Printable Play Dough Mats for Kids: Science, Musical Instruments, Emotions, and MORE!
Parts of a Flower: Learning about the parts of a flower with this Free Play Dough mat will encourage hands-on learning through play – from The Preschool Toolbox
Colorful Spring Themed Mats: Spring is right around the corner and we are getting ready for some fun and colorful activities! Here are some cute Free Printable Spring Themed Play Dough Mats that are perfect for the season – from Artsy Craftsy Mom
Musical Instrument Play Dough Mats: Kids will have fun learning about musical instruments with this fun, hands-on activity using these FREE Instruments for Kids Playdough Cards. This is great for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students – from Preschool Play and Learn
Gingerbread Sensory Mats: Play dough is lots of fun for children, but is also a great way of improving those fine motor skills. Children still need to exercise their hands and fingers, and I find a batch of sweet-smelling gingerbread play dough is irresistible to my children – from the Gingerbread House Co. UK
Seasons Mats: Explore the changes of a tree through spring, summer, fall, and winter with your toddler, preschooler, and/or Kindergartners with this seasons play dough mat – from School Time Snippets
Tools Mats: Learn about basic tools with a low prep playdough activity that allows toddler, preschool, and kindergarten age kids to create tools while strengthening motor skills – from Preschool Play and Learn
Human Body Mats: Kids will have fun and be amazed as they learn what is inside the human body with these FREE Human Body Playdough Mats – from 123Homeschool4Me
Emotions/Feelings Mats: Create an awesome invitation to create and play with these emotions and feelings play dough mats – from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Pirate-Themed Emotions Mats: These pirate themed emotions playdough mats are a great way to get kids to learn about feelings – from The Chaos and the Clutter.
Rainbow and Colors: Bring a little cheer into your child’s play dough play with this rainbow play dough mat – from Crafts on Sea
Insect or Spider Mats: Come play and learn about spiders with a fun play dough mat that helps kids distinguish between insects and spiders from The Wise Owl Factory.
Play Dough Accessories to Create Invitations to Learn through Play:
- Play dough numbers and letters kit
- 11 Piece Dough Tools
- 15 Piece Dough Tools with Scissors
- Cookie Cutters – holiday, shapes, letters, and more
- Pipe Cleaners
- Googly Craft Eyes
- Tray to hold play dough and accessories
- Wooden Craft Sticks