Here it is! Another FREE printable pack for you! These are cards that you can print to use as play dough mats to use as templates for your festive playdough creations. We have been using them for a few weeks and have had so much fun with them! I am so happy to share these FREE printables with you!
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Printables How To
If you want your play dough mats to be large (8.5×11), then print one on each page.
Or if you prefer them smaller (like us), then set up your printer settings to print 2 per page (in layout).
You will need:
- printer This is the one we have and LOVE how it prints. (color preferred, but completely optional)
- thermal laminator
- laminating pouches (8.5×11)
- glitter, fresh cranberries, raisins, cheerios, sprinkles or anything that would be fun to decorate with
- playdough or salt dough (see recipes below for homemade ones)
- Print the playdough mats on a single sheet each for large images or print 2 mats per page for smaller images (we prefer these better).
- Laminate the sheets.
- Cut them in half (if printer 2 per page)
- Use the mats as templates for shapes.
- Let the shapes dry a bit and bake (20 minutes at 250 degrees -not preheated) or take decorations off, knead a bit and start all over again for more fun!
We used the wreath mat to make holiday wreath ornaments. We used fresh cranberries, glitter and colorful sprinkles to decorate them and make them look festive and fun.
As the children played with other mats, I took the wreaths off the template mats and placed them gently on a cookie sheet to bake (15 minutes at 300 degrees -preheated) and let them cool completely.
Then I added the colorful pipe cleaner to hang the ornament and used foam labels to make a Joyeux Noël sign (Merry Christmas in French because we made these during French class).
We played with the candy canes, the string of Christmas lights and the snowman. There are even more mats to play with another time or two!
Here are our finished wreaths. You can either use food coloring for the homemade salt dough or you can paint after baking. We like to use water-based paint and they work great. We also like an added (and optional) touch: we add essential oils to our works of art.
On these, we used 2 drops of Christmas Spirit on one and 2 drops of Peppermint on the other one. When we make more, I will use White Fir and Idaho Blue Spruce. I just LOVE the smell of evergreens in my home!
Click here for your FREE Printable: Playdough Christmas Mats
I hope your little have as much fun with these playdough mats as mine did! Let us know which ones they liked the best!
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