There are so many fun play dough mats that you can purchase or print out from various sites (make a face, make letters for words, make ice cream for a cone, apples for a tree, decorate a cake etc.), that we wanted to make our own.  This is a great activity to make and exchange with siblings, classmates or friends…


Design Your Own Playdough Mat: Supplies from

  • Cardstock
  • Pencil/Eraser
  • Permanent Markers
  • Crayons
  • Watercolour paint (we used diluted liquid watercolour)
  • Paint Brush
  • Craft Tray
  • Smock
  • Page Protectors (or laminating materials)
  • Scissors


  • Brainstorm some ideas for your playmat (a surface for you to make playdough ideas on top of).  We settled on a garden to include play dough bugs.  Draw out your scene.

Design Your Own Playdough Mat: Drawing from

  • Colour it in.  We used crayons as the kids wanted to do a wash.

Design Your Own Playdough Mat: Colouring from

  • Paint with watercolours and allow to dry.  (This step is optional, you could just colour the mat ideas).

Design Your Own Playdough Mat: Painting from

  • Slip your mat into a page protector or laminate it.  You could leave on the 3 hole section and then store your ideas in a binder, divided into themes or cut them off should you like.

Design Your Own Playdough Mat: Slide into Protector from

  • Be creative, making play dough things to compliment your play dough mat!

Design Your Own Playdough Mat from


  • Taking an idea and personalizing it.
  • Guiding play ideas.

Safety Notes

  • Use scissors with adult supervision.
  • Be sure to wear a smock and protect surfaces when painting.
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