For a simple playdough activity for toddlers, preschoolers, or kindergarteners, learn about planting a garden with our free printable garden playdough mats. Please choose one of our easy playdough recipes or use store-bought. Then add these printable life-in-a-garden playdough mats, and you will have a fantastic hands-on early learning activity to add to your spring lessons.

Learn About Planting a Garden with Playdough!

Spring Science Activities

Learning about planting seeds is a classic theme for spring theme science lessons, but so is play! We have you covered with our playful activities, playdough included. Kids can explore the steps to plant a garden and practice sequencing skills.

Plus, you’ll find a simple fact about each garden item to share with your kiddos while they play! This is a great way to spark a conversation about gardens, vegetables, and flowers… You can ask many open-ended questions and maybe even visit a community garden near you! Our mini garden is featured below.

If you’ve wanted an easy, playful spring learning activity to share with your kiddos, you will love this pond activity. All you need to do is download our free printable playdough mat bundle below, make up a batch of homemade playdough (or use store-bought), and get started!

Combine these garden playdough mats with other hands-on activities for a fun spring lesson in the classroom or at home. You’ll also want this FREE Plant Color By Number Life Cycle Pack.

IDEA: Make a super simple garden sensory bin and grab another set of free flower playdough mats, too!

Garden Sensory Bin

Then, learn about seed germination with a seed jar and have fun with plant color by number.

Learn About the Garden

These playdough mats are a terrific opportunity to add spring science to your playtime! Explore typical garden items and plant a playdough garden at home!

Encourage creativity and let the playdough fun extend past the mats. Roll out a base of brown playdough for soil and plant playdough seeds!

Tip: Collect nature items outside and add them to your playdough garden play.

What Garden Items are Included?

This 8-page, free pond life playdough mats pack includes:

  • Seeds
  • Trowel
  • Sprout
  • Flower
  • Water
  • Rake
  • Sun

How To Use These Printable Playdough Mats

Tip 1: Protect your mats by laminating or placing them in clear page protectors!

Tip 2: Set up your area with playdough, a few tools, and mats. Less is more when it comes to accessories or tools, as they may overwhelm your kiddos and decrease their attention span!

Tip 3: If working in a large group situation, try rotating three kiddos through the station at a time, so it does not become chaotic.

Tip 4: There is no wrong way to play with the playdough mat or fill in the shapes but you can demonstrate how to roll playdough snakes if your kiddos need help getting started. Or they can roll balls and squish them onto the shapes. They can use a playdough knife to cut chunks as well.

Tip 5: Add letter stamps for kiddos who want to stamp the weather words if more time allows.

Tip 6: Read about each playdough mat and ask questions to encourage discussion. But also allow for creative playtime without instruction or talking if desired. Remember that you can also interrupt their thought process if they are independently playing. It’s a balance!

TIP 7: Add a colorful book about planting gardens, like this one! (I am an Amazon Affiliate)

Homemade Playdough Recipes

Choose from various recipes to make playdough and explore a variety of textures, including a taste-safe playdough recipe!

Check out our popular no-cook playdough recipe to whip up your own batch of homemade playdough. 

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Free Printable Garden Playdough Mats

Download and print the garden playdough mats below. For durability and ease of use, laminate the mats before use or place them in a sheet protector.

Click below to get your printable playdough mats!

More Free Printable Playdough Mats For Kids

Add all of these free playdough mats to your early-learning science activities!

More Preschool Activities

Check out a variety of spring preschool activities that you can do with your kiddos from growing plants, to sensory bins and more!

Printable Playdough Recipes Pack

If you want an easy-to-use printable resource for all your favorite playdough recipes and exclusive (only available in this pack) playdough mats, grab our printable Playdough Project Pack!