Play dough is a universally liked and appreciated activity. It is inexpensive, colorful, has great sensory aspects and it is extremely versatile. We have used play dough to help teach sight words, do science experiments and so much more. I like play dough because it can be molded, shaped and cut into basically any shape. That is why it works so well with these Christmas Tree Printable Shape Play Dough Mats. You can use the play dough to help children form shapes in an exciting way. The Christmas Tree theme makes it exciting around the holiday time, which will encourage children to play & learn even more! Pair them with one of these shape printables and activities for a full blown lesson on shapes!

– Life Over C's Free printable 2D shape play dough mats for learning shapes in preschool.

Recommended Grade Level:

Christmas Tree Shape Play Dough Mat Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Play Dough
  • Christmas manipulatives or buttons

Christmas Tree Shape Play Dough Mats

These play dough mats are incredibly easy to set up and once they are set up you never have to do it again. You can use them over and over. Play Dough is a perfect tool for so many activities. We have used play dough to help create letters and numbers but this time we’re creating shapes.

– Life Over C's Use play dough to create shapes on with this fun 2D shape activity for preschoolers.

There are two ways that we like to use our play dough mats to ensure that the play dough doesn’t stick. The first is dry erase pockets. I like to use these when we are first trying out a new theme or until I know that my kids will use it all day, every day. When I know that my kids absolutely love an activity and theme, I will laminate the play dough mats.

– Life Over C's Preschool shape activity: Christmas Tree play dough shape mats

To Prep: Print out the free printable below.

There are two ways that we like to use our play dough mats to ensure that the play dough doesn’t stick. The first is dry erase pockets. I like to use these when we are first trying out a new theme or until I know that my kids will use it all day, every day. When I know that my kids absolutely love an activity and theme, I will laminate the play dough mats.

For real though…. laminate.all.the.things.

If choosing to laminate, you can do that now. If you are planning to use the pouches, slide the Christmas Tree Shape Play Dough Mats into the pockets.

– Life Over C's Christmas themed preschool shape activity. Free printable Christmas Tree play dough mats for 2D shapes.

To Use: We started this activity by my daughter filling in each shape with play dough.

Sometimes she used the play dough and molded it into the shape. Other times she used the play dough tools to ‘cut’ the play dough to fit into the shape.

We discussed what the shape was, the beginning sound of the shape, how many sides each shape has. I also had her look around the room and point out objects that were that shape. She can also peel the shape off of the play dough mat and use it to make something new that includes that shape or decorate the shape itself.

You may also like our Free Printable Gingerbread Shape Play Dough Mats

– Life Over C's Use Play Doh to create shapes on these free Christmas play dough mats for preschool.

Other Ideas:

  • Once the play dough is in the shape, ask children to use the play dough tools to ‘decorate’ or create patterns on the shape.
  • Encourage child to use other colors of play dough to create faces and accessories for the snowmen.
  • As child to use that shape to create something new.
  • Use the play dough mats as a guide to make the shapes on the table.

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– Life Over C's Free printable 2D shape play dough mats for learning shapes in preschool.
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. Love these so much! Can you tell me where you got the cute tree lights that are on the trees? So cute!
    I’m very appreciative of the freebie! ???