These Free printable gingerbread play dough shape mats are a great way to get kids excited about shapes this winter. It makes me so happy that my girls love play dough so much. Mostly because I remember many days of being creative with play dough as a child. It’s fun to be completely creative and make something solely with your imagination, but it is also fun to use play dough mats to help encourage learning a specific skill like we did with these Gingerbread Shape Play Dough Mats. Grab these shape play dough mats here and then head over to grab more of our shape printables for preschool.

– Life Over C's Gingerbread play dough mats for 2D shapes! A great play dough activity for your Christmas theme. Kids love creating the 2D shapes with play dough to match the shapes on the mats.

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Materials for Gingerbread Play Dough Mats

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Play Dough

Gingerbread Shape Play Dough Mats

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.

For our play dough mats, we like using the dry erase pockets. Laminating is a fabulous way to make play dough mats, but once I found these dry erase pockets, we don’t laminate as much anymore.

To Prep: Print out the free printable below. If choosing to laminate, you can do that now. If you are planning to use the pouches, slide the Gingerbread Shape Play Dough Mats into the pockets.

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

– Life Over C's Create 2D shapes on these adorable Gingerbread shape mats for Christmas.

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.

– Life Over C's Gingerbread play dough mats for 2D shapes! A great play dough activity for your Christmas theme. Kids love creating the 2D shapes with play dough to match the shapes on the mats.

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.
– Life Over C's Create 2D shapes on these adorable Gingerbread shape mats for Christmas.

We have a ton of fun with these play dough mats. Even though we like to use play dough on its own, these play dough mats are an easy way to encourage children to learn while they play!

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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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