Free 2D Shape Play Dough Mats

I’ve been exploring colors and shapes with my three year old the last few weeks. So it is very fitting that this set of free play dough shape mats has some beautiful, bold colors for us to talk about.

Free printable play dough shape mats for 2D shapes. Great for fine-motor skills and handwriting practice.

Shiloh isn’t really ready for the writing aspect of these play dough mats, but she loves to “talk” about the letters that she sees. She loves saying “ee” and “I”. It’s possible that she’s convinced those are the only letters in the alphabet, except she doesn’t know what the alphabet is…

While she’s not ready to write, she does love talking about the things that she sees and is starting to repeat some very basic words while we are talking. She doesn’t often recall them later, but when we’re repeating the activity she is quick to mimic.

(Side note…there are a few things that she loves so much that she always remembers the word for…like Barney! Yikes!)

Anyway, these play dough mats are very simple to prepare. Just print and laminate. If you don’t want to laminate, you can slide them into a page protector and they will work that way too.

play dough mats for 2D shapes

The play dough mats are great for building fine-motor skills while the child rolls out the dough to trace around the shapes.

You can also have them fill the shape with a chunk of play dough for a different type of exercise.

2d shapes with play dough

When the child is ready for writing, there are two versions of the play dough mats included. One with traditional printing and one with D’Nealien print for those that prefer to teach that style.

They can use a dry erase crayon to trace the name of the shape to add a little bit of handwriting practice to this fun play dough activity.

Extend the activity by trying out different textures of play dough for a whole new experience each time.

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  1. Thank you so much for all your wonderful materials and the hard work you put into making them! My classes, and I truly appreciate it all!

  2. Kim,

    I have been downloading your freebies for a while now and wanted to say “Thank you” for the awesome work you do. I teach K4 at my church and these resources have been super for my kiddos. Hope your summer is great and thanks again for sharing!