Playdough mats

Mama’s Must Haves offers the following playdough mats for sale as digital printables:

What are playdough mats?

Play dough mats are an innovative and engaging learning tool for children that combine the fun of play dough with educational activities. Our mats are specially designed with realistic, colorful, and interactive graphics that children can explore while shaping and molding playdough.

They provide a hands-on and sensory experience that not only entertains kids but also helps in the development of various essential skills. With playdough mats, learning becomes a joyful journey filled with creativity and exploration.

Why purchase playdough mats for your children?

Develop fine motor skills

One of the primary reasons to invest in playdough printables is their exceptional ability to enhance fine motor skills in children. As they pinch, roll, and shape the playdough to fit the outlines on the mat, their fingers and hand muscles undergo precise movements, strengthening hand muscles that are required for activities like writing, drawing, and tying shoelaces.

This skill development is crucial, especially for young learners, as it lays the foundation for future academic and practical tasks.

Promote learning through play: Make learning fun!

Playdough mats offer a delightful approach to learning, where children unknowingly acquire knowledge while having fun. Whether it’s practicing counting, forming letters, recognizing shapes, or even developing number recognition, these mats turn educational activities into playful adventures.

Kids learn best when they are engaged, and playdough activities offer an ideal medium to foster curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

Encourage creativity and imagination

With playdough mats, the possibilities are endless. As children create various objects and scenes using playdough, they exercise their imaginations and unleash their creativity.

Aside from just creating what is on the play dough mat, you might also encourage playdough play related to the topic! For example, after working on the “A” letter from the alphabet playdough mats bundle, you might ask “Can you make a playdough ant?” (or any animal starting with A).

Whether they sculpt animals, buildings, or even whole imaginary worlds, playdough mats provide an avenue learning in a fun way. to express their unique ideas and stories, boosting their creative thinking abilities.

Support sensory play

Sensory play is crucial for a child’s overall development. The tactile experience of handling playdough stimulates multiple senses, contributing to cognitive, social, and emotional growth.

Playdough mats facilitate this type of play, enabling children to explore different textures, colors, and shapes, which aids in refining their sensory processing skills.

Cultivate letter and number recognition (and other basic skills!)

Early literacy and numeracy skills are vital for a child’s academic success. Playdough mats that feature letters and numbers help children recognize and become familiar with these essential building blocks of learning.

By shaping the letters and numbers with playdough, children reinforce their recognition and understanding, preparing them for a smooth transition into more advanced concepts.

We have also created mats so children learn the basic skills needed in early years, including basic math concepts like shapes.

How to use playdough mats effectively?

Using playdough mats effectively involves a few simple steps:

  1. Print and laminate: Download and print the desired playdough mats on quality paper. For added durability, laminate them to ensure repeated use without damage. If you don’t have a laminator, use a sheet protector!
    1. Each of our play dough mats have a space for tracing, too. If your children want to write numbers or letters and practice drawing shapes, laminating is best.
  2. Prepare playdough: Provide your child with a colorful array of playdough to fuel their creativity. You can either buy ready-made playdough or make your own using simple playdough recipes available online.
  3. Explore and create: Encourage your child to explore the playdough mats and use their imagination to create various shapes and objects based on the mat’s themes. Engage in conversations about what they’re creating to enhance their learning experience.
  4. Facilitate learning: While playing with playdough mats, ask open-ended questions and let your child experiment with different ideas. This approach nurtures problem-solving skills and critical thinking.
  5. Extend learning: Pair playdough mats with other educational activities. For example, use counting mats to practice counting using pom poms or pipe cleaners, or use letter mats to trace the alphabet with crayons.
  6. Storage: Keep the playdough mats and playdough in a safe place for future use. A sheet protector is a handy tool to protect the mats from wear and tear.

Are there free printable playdough mats?

At present, we do not offer any free printable playdough mats. Our mats have been developed as for-purchase printable playdough mats to use with your favorite playdough recipes (or storebought play dough).


Playdough mats are an excellent investment for parents and educators looking to create an enjoyable and educational environment for children. These mats offer a myriad of benefits, from strengthening fine motor skills to fostering creativity and imaginative play.

By incorporating playdough mats into your child’s learning routine, you can facilitate holistic development while turning the learning journey into a fun and engaging adventure.

So why wait? Explore the world of playdough mats and watch your child flourish as they play, learn, and create in so many ways!