Playdough is an excellent sensory activity. It gives tactile feedback, can help soothe, and often includes senses other than touch such as scent (olfactory). There are many ways to expand playdough play. Creating playdough mats using these free printables is a very easy way to make a playdough station. Many of the mats incorporate learning concepts and for most children, they can be done independently.
These playdough mats are all free to print. The easiest way to create a playdough sensory station with these is to either laminate them once they are printed or insert each page into a plastic sleeve*. They are then ready for endless hours of play!
*organizational tip: If you put the printables into plastic sleeves that have holes in them, you can keep all of your playdough mats in a binder for easy access.
People Playdough Mats from Picklebums
I love this idea as you can include other sensory items like different textured fabric, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, button, and beads. I also like that these could be used to help teach emotions and facial expressions. If I had to choose a favourite, this would be it!
Playdough Flower Mat from Learn with Play at Home
Summer Playdough Mats from Totschooling
DIY Playdough Mats from Tutus and Tea Parties
Shape Playdough Mats from 3 Dinosaurs
Alphabet Playdough Mats from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Number Playdough Mats from Homeschool Creations
Old MacDonald Farm Animal Playdough Mats from Making Learning Fun
And a bonus activity from No Time for Flash Cards…Playdough Hairdo Mats that you create yourself with photos of your family!
There are many playdough recipes out there and some are very easy no-cook recipes, but I have still found that the best one out there is our tried and true classic playdough recipe. We change it up a bit by making chocolate playdough or calming lavender playdough but the basic recipe is the same.
Whatever playdough you decide to use, creating a playdough sensory station using playdough mats is easy and costs next to nothing.
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Here are more printable playdough mats for sensory play including ones for holidays like Christmas.