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Printable Playdough Mats for Sensory Play

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We have always loved playing with playdough at home, but when we discover play dough mats, our horizons broadened and we started incorporating this sensory play into our learning. These awesome printable playdough mats can be used for sensory play and learning. Kids love this kind of sensory play. They can play while they learn and meet sensory needs at the same time.


These printable playdough mats are perfect for sensory play with slime or playdough.Below, you will find two lists to make it easier to find what you are looking for: regular playdough mats that include Math, Alphabet and other learning ideas and seasonal playdough mats that cover holidays and seasons like Christmas, Earth Day, Spring, and St. Patrick’s Day.

Anytime Printable Playdough Mats

Printable Playdough Mats

Playdough Alphabet Games for Fine Motor Skills from The Natural Homeschool

Family Play Dough Mats from Teaching Mama

Alphabet Play dough Mats (FREE Printable Mats) from This Reading Mama

Must-try Playdough Mats from Playdough to Plato

‘Make 10’ Sloth Play Dough Mats from Views from a Stepstool

Free Printable Kindergarten Sight Words Play Dough Mats from Delicate Construction

Apple Play Dough Mats from Pre-K Pages (not pictured)

Cat in the Hat Math Play Dough Mat from Coffee Cups and Crayons (not pictured)

Sunflower Play dough Recipe and printable playdough mat from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails (not pictured)

In this post, we share an awesome list of printable playdough mats for sensory play and learning. Kids will love it. They will play while they learn. Isn't that wonderful?!

Seasonal Printable Playdough Mats

Christmas Play dough Mats Activity & Free Printables from The Natural Homeschool

Monster Play Dough Mats – Free Printable by Picklebums

Free Christmas Play dough Mats by Totschooling

Printable Gingerbread Play Dough Mats from ABCs to ACTs (not pictured)

St. Patrick’s Day play dough mats for fine motor play from Gift of Curiosity

Free Easter Play dough Mats Printable from 3 Dinosaurs (not pictured)

Halloween Playdough Mats Free Printable from A Little Pinch of Perfect

Spring Play Dough Mats – Free Printable from Its Bitsy Fun (not pictured)

Being Green Playdough Mats & Ten Frames by Simply Learning

Valentine Playdough Mats by Kidz Activities (not pictured)

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If your kids like these as much as mine do, you can find more free printable playdough mats here.

Free Printable Playdough Mats

Superheroes Sensory Bag for Superkids

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Have you heard of the Superkids Movement? Kids are constantly being told they aren’t good enough, not smart enough, not calm enough, just plain and simple…not enough. The Superkids Movement is all about changing the way that we see our kids and changing their inner language. It inspires kids to see themselves as creative, fierce, spirited, adventurous, unique.

Superheroes Sensory Bag for SuperkidsI created this Superheroes Sensory Bag to encourage Superkids to celebrate the things that make them unique.

The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day is all about encouraging kids who may have previously been labeled as bratty or difficult or picky to see themselves a different way.

This Superheroes sensory bag can serve as a reminder of the Superkid they are themselves, while at the same time, being a sensory solution for them to play with.

Materials needed:

  • resealable plastic sandwich bag
  • Superhero action figure (we used Captain America, but any favourite superhero will do)
  • Superhero stickers (we used glow in the dark ones)
  • hand sanitizer
  • optional: duct tape

Open the resealable bag and fill about halfway with hand sanitizer. Drop in the stickers and mini action figure(s). Remove the excess air and seal the bag. If you’re going to be using this sensory activity with younger kids, you will want to use duct tape to fold over the edges of the bag to seal it completely. I would suggest using this cool superhero duct tape.

Once the sensory bag is made with your child’s favourite superheroes, give it to your little Superkid and let the play begin!

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Shark Sensory BagSky Sensory Bag

Fidgets You Can Make Yourself

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While it may seem like fidgets are a trendy fad, for kids (or adults) who need to fidget, they are anything but. For those who need them, fidgets are a way to calm the anxiety, calm the nerves, settle the body, focus the attention, and improve concentration.

While fidget spinners and fidget cubes are the obvious fidget choice of the moment, there are many fidgets that you can make yourself at home.

While fidget spinners and fidget cubes are the obvious fidget choice of the moment, there are many fidgets that you can make yourself at home.

Fidgets You Can Make Yourself

Make Your Own Sensory (Stress) Balls from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

DIY Fidget Toolkit for Wiggly Kids by Growing Hands-on Kids

Duct Tape Endless Cube from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls (pictured)

DIY Desk Fidget Tool from The OT Toolbox (pictured)

How to Build a Fidget Spinner with LEGO Bricks by Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls

How To Make a Fidget Spinner by Kids Activities Blog (pictured)

Super Simple Fidget Spinners Kids and Parents Can Make by Pint-Sized Treasures

Lego Spinner Pencil Topper from Teach Me Mommy (pictured)

Make Your Own Marble Maze by Apple Green Cottage (pictured)

Magically Endless DIY Lego Fidget Cube for Kids Who Can’t Sit Still from Lemon Lime Adventures (pictured)

While fidget spinners and fidget cubes are the obvious fidget choice of the moment, there are many fidgets that you can make yourself at home.

More Fidgets You Can Make

How to Make a Fidget Spinner DIY by Red Ted Art (pictured)

LEGO Fidget Spinner by Frugal Fun 4 Boys

How to Make an Epic DIY Lego Fidget Cube by Lemon Lime Adventures (pictured)

DIY Pencil Topper Fidget Toy from The OT Toolbox (pictured)

Ninja Fidget Spinner DIY by Red Ted Art

Magically Endless DIY Lego Fidget Cube for Kids That Can’t Sit Still by Lemon Lime Adventures

The Easiest Ever DIY Fidget Toy for Kids Who Need to Move by Schooling a Monkey

One of our sons made fidget spinners using zip ties and bearings.

The OT Toolbox has some great suggestions for DIY fidgets using things you probably have around the house such as paper clips or beads and pipe cleaners.

Carolyn from Wise Owl Factory suggests using coffee stir sticks as they can be used to drum on a desk without making much sound at all.

You may know someone who would love this shirt about the need to fidget.

While fidget spinners and fidget cubes are the obvious fidget choice of the moment, there are many fidgets that you can make yourself at home.Of course if you don’t want to make your own fidgets, there are also some pretty awesome and unique fidgets you can purchase, like these fidget spinner rings and pen toppers.

Calming Lavender Scented Bubble Recipe

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Blowing bubbles is a great strategy to teach kids as a calming technique. It helps to slow down breathing and bring their bodies back into a state of relaxation. It’s a technique I use often with two of my girls, particularly in the summer. There are also many sensory benefits to blowing bubbles. One day, it occurred to me that I could combine the calming benefits and sensory benefits to an even greater extent if I made lavender scented bubbles for them to use.

These lavender scented bubbles provide a wonderful calming technique for kids.This lavender scented bubble recipe is so easy to make and the bubbles it creates are strong and plentiful. I used lavender essential oil to create the scent because I wanted it to actually have a calming effect.

Two neighbourhood friends came over to test out the new bubbles with us and our new kitten was super curious about them too, making for some great pictures!

Lavender Scented Bubble Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup unscented, clear dish soap
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3-5 drops lavender essential oil
  • optional: 3 drops of food colouring

Directions:

Mix together the water, dish soap and corn syrup. Once it is well combined, add the drops of essential oil and food colouring and mix in. Pour the bubble mixture into a container, add a bubble wand and start making bubbles!

We used a glass mason jar for our bubble mixture, but later in the day when we had younger kids visiting, I transferred it into a plastic container.

If you don’t have a bubble wand handy, you can create a loop at one end of a pipe cleaner and use that for a bubble wand. With this bubble solution, my daughter also was able to blow bubble using her hand held in a loose fist and by using mesh cording.

As you can see, these lavender scented bubbles are not only calming, they also make some pretty large bubbles that last and last! The kids had such a good time playing with them.

I think this bubble solution would keep well in an airtight container, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you first-hand because this recipe was so popular that in two days at our house, it was all used up!

You may also be interested in these other sensory activities we have done that use the calming effects of lavender:

Calming Lavender Sensory BinLavender Sensory Bin

Lavender Scented Playdough

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