Playdough and bubbles. Don’t you just love when your kids play with those things? Don’t they just keep everything in the container that it comes in and not get the stuff on anything else? I think not.
My kids love to play with playdough, but I rarely let them because of the mess it makes. I started letting them play with it outside, but they stick it to EVERYTHING. I’m left scraping playdough off of my car, the windows, the columns, etc.
Browsing around on Pinterest one day, I came across these “Playdough Mats.” Laminated sheets of paper that allow kids to do an activity with the playdough ON the mat. I immediatly became interested until I saw what some people were charging for these things. REALLY!? It’s a sheet of paper. I did find some free printable ones here and here.
Since I don’t have a laminating machine, I put the sheets in plastic sheet protectors – they worked just as well. The girls loved them, and I loved not having to scrape playdough off of anything.
I folded two batches of clothes and unloaded and loaded the dishwasher all while my kids just sat there like good little chlidren playing with their playdough. The mats were easy to clean. Of course if they get some playdough smeared on the mat that is difficult to get off, you simply just take the sheet out and get a new sheet protector!
I will be printing some more and also making my own! I can’t wait to make pumpkins and Santa faces for the upcoming holidays. Great activity to keep your toddler(s) busy!