Valentine’s Day Playdough Mats are so much FUN for kids, they will ask to play with them all February long! The cute pictures that are included on these mats like hearts, envelopes, and sweet treats will spark creativity with a ball of playdough.
Playdough mats are the perfect EASY and ENGAGING activity, you can prep, and the kids can PLAY in no time at all!
What Are Playdough Mats And How Can They Benefit Kids?
Playdough mats are similar to placemats but have been designed to facilitate creativity and/or learning for kids as they play. They help teachers and parents educate their students and children without the activity feeling like a formal lesson or worksheet drill.
Young children, especially toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners particularly gravitate to this hands-on-learning method.
If your child is ready, you can provide them with a dry-erase marker to trace or color in the words on the playdough mats. If they aren’t ready yet, just let them play and save the writing and reading part until next year. That’s one of the BEST things about this activity is it can grow with your child and be reused again making it more worthwhile.
Materials Needed For Valentine’s Day Playdough Mats
Simply download the pdf file, print, and laminate the mats or place them inside a page protector, and then they are ready to play with. The instructions are included with the printable.
Then provide different colors of Valentine playdough. Here is our favorite Homemade Playdough Recipe and here is a Frosting Playdough Recipe that makes the best-smelling playdough and is also taste-friendly. Chocolate frosting + the playdough recipe would be perfect to play with the chocolate box mat.
Tips For Parents To Enhance Their Child’s Playdough Experience
Show your kids how to use the playdough mats by choosing a mat, rolling out playdough into a worm shape, and placing it on the Valentine’s picture and words. Then let your kids play with the mats freely. They may follow your example or come up with their own way of doing things.
As an extra bonus if your children are safe around small toys with supervision, you can give kids small parts like plastic gems, buttons, mini erasers, beads, or pretend candy hearts so they can decorate the playdough. (I would refrain from using edible candy since playdough should not be eaten)
However your kids play with the Valentine play dough mats, feel good knowing they are working on fine motor skills, hand coordination, and are being exposed to language skills.