Both kids (ages 5 and 2) are having fun with playdough lately which makes me happy because there are so many benefits to playing with playdough!
Benefits of playing with playdough:
*Strengthening fingers, wrists, and hands which helps develops fine motor skills and coordination.
*Gives an opportunity for dramatic play and fosters creativity and imagination.
*Gives a chance for experimentation and discovery.
They love using scented playdough (my favorite playdough recipe) and playdough mats. Just laminate or cover a playdough mat with contact paper and it wipes clean after you use it.
Some playdough mats have a purpose such as making letters or putting a certain number of "apples" on a tree and others are for creative open ended play.
Here are several playdough mats that you can print for free and other creative ideas for playing with playdough:
photo from Storytime and more
Apple Tree Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Halloween Playdough Mats from Storytime and more
Feed the Dog Playdough Mat from PreKinders
Leaf Playdough Mats from Childcareland.com
Turkey Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
photo from The Preschool Toolbox
Snowman Playdough Mats from PreKinders
Gingerbread House Playdough Mat from PreKinders
Mitten Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Penguin Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow Playdough Mat from The Preschool Toolbox
photo from PreKinders
Feed the Giraffe Playdough Mat from PreKinders
Kite Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Flower Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Crocodile Playdough Mat from Sparkle Box
Fishbowl Playdough Mat from Childcareland.com
Alphabet Playdough Mats from 2 Teaching Mommies
Number Playdough Mats from Money Saving Mom
Space Themed Playdough Mats from Sparkle Box
photo from House of Baby Piranha
Cool Playdough Ideas:
Make a Playdough Zoo from House of Baby Piranha
Playdough Ice Cream Shop from Spell Outloud
Playdough Mystery Box from Inspiration Surrounds Creativity Abounds
Playdough Lacing Activity from The Activity Mom
Frosting Dough Recipe from The Activity Mom
Pretend Play with Playdough from The Activity Mom
Items to Use with Playdough:
old garlic crushers
plastic forks, knives, or spoons