We LOVE playdough in our house and it’s another great activity to keep the kiddos busy during the blustery months!
Of course, I was spending my time on Pinterest and came across some great links for playdough mats! I could not believe I never thought of this! With how much we play with playdough, this is another thing they can use besides all of the cookie cutters and other toys we use.
There are so many different ones available for FREE to print off. All you have to do is print and then laminate! They have some where you decorate, like the gingerbread man below. I also printed off a snowman, Christmas tree, and Santa hat that could be decorated too.
They also have playdough mats that help with counting. Such as a tree and it asks to place three apples on the branches. This is great for the kids to work on counting and what color an apple is!
Here are some of the sites I used to print off playdough mats …
I LOVE playdough and so does Monte. Playdough is such a great activity to keep little ones busy for hours. It is the perfect activity station to have available during the day, to play with. I always put out cookie cutters, rolling pins, cups, and any other fun factory toys we may have on hand.
You can either go out and purchase playdough at the store and probably end up paying more then you want OR you can use some baking items you have at home and make your own!
Ingredients & Directions
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
Add food coloring, scents, glitter, etc.
Heat on medium heat to form ball
The other great thing about playdough is you can spice or sparkle it up 🙂 Last year we made Fall Scented Playdough and had so much fun with all the scents and making turkeys!
There are a lot of different playdough recipes floating around online and on Pinterest, but this was in bullet proof and easy. I made the green, yellow and blue playdoughs in 25 minutes including clean up. You cannot beat that!
What fun things do you and your kiddos do with playdough?
It’s hard to find Thanksgiving or turkey specific activities to do for a 22 month old. There are a LOT of ideas out there on Pinterest, but nothing I thought Monte would be rrrrrrrrrrrrrreally interested in.
I did come across this post for Fall Scented Play Dough! I am so happy I made this! It smelled yummy and Monte has had so much fun with it. A win-win for the both of us 🙂 I followed her directions and used the Kitchen Aid. I ended up kneading the dough though, so you could probably just mix in a bowl with a spoon and knead if you did not have a huge mixer.
Orange – Pumpkin Spice
Yellow – Nutmeg
Green – Candy Apple
Red – Clove
Brown – Cinnamon
We defiantly made this into a Thanksgiving activity 🙂
Monte enjoyed trying to make his own turkeys …
mashing it all together 🙂
I also made a trip to our local library (check out the Local tab, I added all of the Des Moines area libraries!) and checked out several turkey and Thanksgiving children books. We have been reading them off and on and looking at all the turkeys!
Here are some titles to look for …
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode
Gus, the Pilgrim Turkey by Teresa Bateman
‘ Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson
This Is the Turkey by Abby Levine
Another fun idea you can do is make a turkey using your kiddos feet and hands! I have to admit we didn’t actually do this at home, but he had fun making them at preschool. I’m not sure how they kept a 22 month old still enough to get this made! I LOVE all these fun ideas to use feet and hands to make various crafts.