Shapes and playdough seem like such a great combination, right? Playing with something fun like playdough all while learning about shapes!
I knew it was a winning combination and thus, the shape playdough mats were created! They’re great for open-ended play or more directed learning.
We don’t make play dough often, so when we do it’s a big hit. We play with it every day for hours on end…until it goes away for a bit again. Of course, I have to incorporate some educational activities into the mix when we play!
When it comes to learning shapes, there is nothing like learning them in a hands on way. Honestly, there’s just not that much to a shape! There is only so many times of saying “This is a square” before it gets boring! Luckily, there are many great ideas for practicing shapes. I love play dough because it works on fine motor skills at the same time, and we all know that killing two birds with one stone is better. Efficiency is key!
Before I continue, can we just stand in awe at how beautiful these colors turned out? Just regular food coloring! Love it.
We did some simple rolling and voila, playdough shapes. There are 4 pages with all kinds of shapes! And they can be used for more than just playdough! No reason someone couldn’t trace them, decorate them, etc.
Here are 5 Ideas for Activities with the Shape Playdough Mats
- Use playdough to turn the shapes into real objects (triangle could be a slice of pizza, square could be a book, etc)
- Decorate the playdough shapes with crafty items – pom poms, glitter, sequins, etc
- Use a finger to squish the playdough shapes down
- Make a playdough shape tower
- Fill the shapes with something else – mini erasers, crayons, etc.