One of the basic rules of parenting is that kids are willing to play quietly as long as you don’t need them to.
The second you need to make a call or get into the shower they “need” you or immediately get into everything and anything they aren’t supposed to play with!
That’s why busy bags and quiet time activities are so popular with parents of younger kids. We all need to be able to pull something out to keep the kids happy so we can get something else done.
These free printable monster play dough mats aren’t just cute–they are the perfect way for you to keep your kids engaged so you can finish your coffee!
Printable Monster Play Dough Mats
- play dough (homemade or store bought is fine)
- free printable monster play dough mats (download below)
- extras like googly eyes, pipe cleaners, bead, gems, straws, etc
- laminator or contact paper or page protectors
- large resealable bag
Play with Monster Play Dough Mats
Download and print the free printable monster play dough mats (see link below) and laminate them in some way.
You can use a laminator to laminate the pages or send them to a print center to be laminated for the most durable result, but that’s not the only way to keep them from tearing.
You can also cover the pages with clear contact paper or even stick them in clear page protectors in a pinch.
Once the play dough mats are protected it’s time for the kids to play! Set them out with different color play dough and some fun add ins they can use to create their own monsters. When they are done playing all of the supplies can be store in a large plastic bag for another day.
Download the Printable Monster Play Dough Mats
These colorful monster play dough mats are fun to play with year round!
Any age (as long as they are old enough not to eat play dough!) will enjoy being creative with these cute play dough mats.
Switch them out for other fun busy bags or bins whenever they lose a little of their newness and bring them back another day for even more fun!
Laminating or using a page protector after you print the mats will help keep the fun going for years!
Ready to play?
DOWNLOAD HERE—->>> PRINTABLE MONSTER PLAY DOUGH MATS
Make Your Own Play Dough
Want to try a homemade play dough recipe with the monster mats?
Use this basic white one and color it with any colors you like!
This recipe makes a big batch of play dough. If you don’t want white only you can split it into three sections and make three different colors using food coloring or water colors.
More Play Dough Recipes to Try:
If your kids love playing with play dough here are some of our favorite recipes to try!
These are more for fun short term play, then storing with play dough mats. Edible and conditioner based play doughs don’t last as long. But are definitely lots of fun!