Looking for the ultimate list of playdough activities for fine motor skills? Look no further. This page includes all the play dough learning mats found at the Sea of Knowledge with new additions throughout the year.
It’s a great way to build hand-eye coordination and fine motor development.
Usually, kids react well to small objects they’d like to play with. Why not use it to our advantage and build even more small hand and finger muscles with a fine motor activity like playdough worksheets?
Playdough activity sensory play
Dough is not just used with cookie cutters, it’s a fun way to combine learning letters, literacy, language and math skills by using these printable playdough mats too.
Little hands in a preschool classroom will love these fine motor activities.
These playdough mats are a perfect way to build hand strength.
Repetition and practice are key to build learning skills. Kids learn to read, write and spell their sight words by exposure.
These fun Play Dough Learning Mats include so many ways in which you could incorporate teaching literacy, math skills and more in your class or homeschool.
Here’s a list of hands-on mess free play dough learning mats to get even the most reluctant kids reading, writing and counting!
They have been tried and tested and ready for you to use in your daily planning to enhance your kids’ learning skills.
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Another fun idea is to add the mats to plastic sleeves if you’re unsure whether or not your students will be using them with playdough or dry erase markers.
It’s a great activity for either.
I like to add pony beads, small balls and pipe cleaners to the center for added fun!
Important fine motor skills
Playdough is a fun and creative way to teach children important fine motor skills.
Playdough is not just a tool for kids to have fun, but it is also a way for them to develop their fine motor skills.
It helps them learn how to use their fingers and hands in different ways, which will help them later on when they are learning how to write or draw.
Kids will learn finger isolation and a different way to practice that pincer grip and work on lot of fine motor activities. The index finger is sometimes difficult for kids to use.
Adding a lot of fine motor work such as these ideas on this page will help them form different shapes and use a small toy.
There are so many educational toys to add if you’re looking to incorporate playdough.
Even occupational therapists love these toys. Just be careful with sharp edges and always watch younger kids when they are playing!
Play dough activities for preschoolers
Kids of all ages will work on their pincer grasp with these hands-on fine motor skills activities.
Young children will have so much fun building their fine motor muscles with these great ideas.
Don’t know a good play dough recipe? I have linked some below too!
These are just some creative ways you could incorporate playdough in your learning plans or in the classroom.
You can even add them to loose parts activity on a sensory table.
Check out this super cute printable for preschool and even toddlers, they can use their imagination to decorate the gingerbread house.
These winter counting play dough mats will make a great addition to any preschool program. Just add some dry erase markers, dough and you’re set!
Playdough Fine Motor Activities PDF
Do your kids love race cars or transportation vehicles? Have them work on these super cute race car themed play dough mats.
Back to school alphabet posters. Display these and have the kids build the letters using play dough. These are free, don’t forget to download them via the post.
Sight word play dough mats. These mats get the kids building their sight words using play dough!
Alphabet formation multi-sensory play dough and dry erase mats. These mats are perfect for individual or group centers.
Sight Word Pirates. Kids will build their sight words using codes then locate the sight word card and then place that on their ‘island’ in this pirate themed sight word center.
Alphabet Stomp Dino Paws – this mat is included in the Dinosaur Printable Busy Book.
How does playdough help fine motor skills?
Playdough is a non-toxic, colorless, and tasteless modeling material. It is used by children to develop their creativity and motor skills.
Playdough can be used in many ways to stimulate the imagination of children. It can be used as a tool for teaching math, science, and art skills.
Playdough also helps with fine motor skills like cutting out shapes or rolling dough into snakes.
These fun play dough mats work on building counting skills, forming numbers, shapes and more!
Addition within 5 dough strips. These counting fall themed dough strips work on addition and counting skills.
Counting baubles with Christmas tree dough mats! Check these out in the Christmas Fine Motor Activities and Centers.
Fine motor playdough activities
This list contains some super fun playdough fine motor mats. These are practically no prep. Just print them out, add some playdough and then the kids can build their image and trace the word.
See these super fun and free music notes play dough mats which include an image and a word to learn all the music notes.
Teaching kids all about summer? These words about summer printable activity mats are perfect for working on fine motor skills, learning new vocabulary words and more! Download these summer words playdough printables here.
Kids will LOVE these printable free playdough number mats. Have you picked up all of our free play dough mats from the post below? Fine motor activities are absolutely essential for kids.
Grab these February Counting Number Playdough Mats to teaching Number Sense and some play dough tubs and you’re set!
These fun bear Valentine themed count and build play dough mats will be a great way for the kids to learn math AND laugh!
Kids will LOVE these printable fall fine motor activities dough mats.
Fine motor activities are absolutely essential for kids.
Looking for some fun ways to incorporate into a unit for community helpers? These fun play dough community helper activities for preschoolers will incorporate a fun way for young children to talk about helpers in our community and work on fine motor skills too.
In conclusion, playdough activities are so much fun and beneficial for preschoolers. They are great for building those hand muscles all throughout the year.
Come back often as I add more and more free playdough activities to this page.