Hands-on Learning With Shape Playdough Mats

Shapes are fun to work on. I love having hands-on ideas for shapes. It makes it so much fun to learn with them.

After we have the shape coloring pages the playdough mats were the next step. These give you a hands-on shape learning center that can be used over and over.

I love that playdough mats help build fine motor skills while learning. Plus it is almost like playing making the playdough snakes for the mats.

Free Shape Playdough Mats - 11 shape mats to use with kids- 3Dinosaurs.com

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What is a playdough mat?

A playdough mat is something that you use to build kinds of fine motor skills. these just happen the be shape play dough mats.

The shape playdough mats are simple and easy to set up and use. Each shape mat has one shape with two lines around for kids to use for the playdough area.

They are simple with just the shape word, shape in the middle, and a small image of the shape as well. I like to either laminate the pages or put them in sheet protectors. If you are going to use them often printing them on cardstock helps as well.

Free Shape Playdough Mats - 11 shape mats to use with kids- 3Dinosaurs.com

Things to use with the Shape Playdough Mats

There are just a few of the items we used with these playdough mats.

How we used the shape playdough mat for hands-on learning

There is never just one way to use a printable! I like to show a few ways that they can be fun for kids!

Shape Playdough Mat With Playdough

The most basic way is with playdough! I love watching my girls make the playdough snakes. It is fun to see how they fill the space. I store the mats in sheet protectors to make it easy for me to switch out the mat we are working on.

Free Shape Playdough Mats - 11 shape mats to use with kids- 3Dinosaurs.com

Shape Playdough Mat With Tracing

If you want to try some tracing you can have kids trace between the lines. I have it in a sheet protector and have them trace with dry erase markers. It makes it a great fine motor activity for them to do.

Free Shape Playdough Mats - 11 shape mats to use with kids- 3Dinosaurs.com

Shape Playdough Mat With Objects

Another way is to use objects to outline the shape. We use the Wild About Animals Jungle Counters. They are great size for doing this activity and any of the couners would work.

Free Shape Playdough Mats - 11 shape mats to use with kids- 3Dinosaurs.com

Graphics by Melonheadz Illustrating and Doodles.

What you will find in the Free Shape Playdough Mats

  • Shape playdough mats for the following shapes: circle, square, rectangle, oval, diamond, triangle, star, heart, crescent, hexagon, parallelogram, and octagon.
  • 12 pages
Free Shape Playdough Mats - 3 Dinosaurs

What you will find in the Shape Playdough Mat Set

Fun Shape playdough maths with three different options that include tracing and playdough words.

Shape Playdough Mat Set - 3 options for working each shape with playdough mat words, tracing words and tracing shape - 3 Dinosaurs

What you will find in the Shape Playdough Mat Set:

  • Shapes: circle, square, triangle, oval, star, rectangle, ring, crescent, heart, diamond, rhombus hexagon, pentagon, and octagon
  • Page with playdough mat, picture and playdough word
  • Page with playdough mat, picture and tracing word
  • Page with Playdough mat, picture and shape tracing
  • Price: $3

You can check out a sample of these playdough mats here.

Here are some other shape printables and activities on 3 Dinosaurs:

Check out all the fun Shape Printables & Activities on 3 Dinosaurs.

Shape Activities & Printables on 3Dinosaurs.com

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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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42 Responses to Hands-on Learning With Shape Playdough Mats

  1. Jessica says:

    What an awesome idea this is! What kid doesn’t love play dough!? I love the idea of teaching something by using something they love playing with.

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  4. Erin says:

    I was a little disappointed in trying to download these – there’s an ad to the right with a big green button that says “Download” – my kids are going crazy around me, so of course being distracted I clicked it and now my Firefox is all messed up! Not your fault, but do you have control over the ads on your blog?

  5. Mrs. R. says:

    Sure appreciate getting these—they just might help our youngest “get” shapes, finally!

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  10. Rebecca says:

    A great way to learn shapes. Mine love to do anything with play dough.

    I have featured this on The Sunday Showcase: http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2014/02/23/prepare-for-school.html

  11. Jill says:

    Thanks for sharing these! They are going to come in handy for a lot of little learners!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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  30. Susan Hildebrandt says:

    Love these! Thank you so much! What an awesome website you have. I am trying to get your awesome shape mats to a little smaller size but they are password locked when I try to open them in Photoshop and I wondered if you would give me the password so I can shrink the cards down to fit 4 on a page? For my personal use only of course. Thanks again for making fun things for our children!

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  38. Krissy says:

    These playdough mats are fantastic! Thank you!

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