Your kids are going to have so much fun with these summer playdough mats. Perfect for long, hot summer days!
These free printables are a great way to have kids work on fine motor skills and letter formation. Add them to your summer activities for kids for a fun quiet-time activity.
Summer Playdough Mats
Your preschoolers and young children will strengthen fine motor skills as they roll, pinch, and manipulate playdough to build each of these objects.
They can also practice their handwriting (letter formation) when they trace the name of each object at the bottom of each page.
If your kids aren’t ready to work on handwriting, you can work on letter recognition by having them name the letters the spell each word.
What is Included?
This easy printable pack includes eight pages for kids to complete. Each page features a large outline on which children will build the shape out of playdough. Then, there is a dotted word for them to trace at the bottom of each page.
How to Use This Printable
There are a lot of ways you can use this printable pack. No matter which idea you choose, your kids will love them!
On the go…
Print these pages 2 or 4 to a page. Laminate the pages and put them in a zipper pouch with a mini can or two of playdough.
Pull them out at a restaurant as you wait for your food to arrive. Or, use them any other time you need to occupy your kids for a wait.
Make some of the summer items.
Make an ice cream cone for an afternoon snack or some fresh lemonade for a refreshing treat. Build a sandcastle at the beach or in your sandbox.
Summer Books for Kids
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about summer. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
The Night Before Summer Vacation – A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there’s bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect “twist” on Clement Moore’s classic.
And Then Comes Summer – When the days stretch out like a slow yawn, and the cheerful faces of Johnny-jump-ups jump up . . . then it’s time to get ready for summer! From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season.
Summer is Here! – Pick blueberries, see a caterpillar grow from an egg to a butterfly, or take a trip to the lake or beach with your family. Peek under rocks, look up in the trees, dive into the water–there is so much to learn and so much to discover together when you read Summer is Here!
If you love using peg dogs in your imaginative play area, you don’t want to miss these eco-friendly Summer Peg Dolls decorated with hand painted summery flowers!
Storytelling is part of the learning process. Add some summer story stones to your reading and literacy centers.