We never go wrong with play dough. It is a sensory activity that has so many variables and is a win every time. We have mixed different colors into play dough, added glitter, and beads. Our favorite, though, is to use play dough mats. Play dough mats can be done with any play dough and help to give children a start to their imagination. These free printable snowman shape play dough mats are a great way to learn about shapes while building some fine-motor skills.
Snowman 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.
Materials Needed for the Free Printable
Snowman Shape Play Dough Mats:
Paper | Laminating Pouch or Dry Erase Pocket | Play Dough
Optional: Play Dough Tools
Thornton’s Office Supplies Reusable Dry Erase Pockets, 9 x 12 Inches, Assorted Colors, 30 Pockets per Pack (61370)Play-Doh 10-Pack of Colors (Amazon Exclusive)ALEX Toys Artist Studio Wooden Dough Tools Set 12 Piece
To Prep: Print out the free printable. If choosing to laminate, you can do that now.
If you aren’t able to laminate, you can use dry erase pouches instead. If planning on using the pouches, slide the Snowman 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.
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.
- 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.
We have a ton of fun with these play dough mats. Even though we like to use play dough on it’s own, these play dough mats are an easy way to encourage children to learn while they play!