For a simple weather activity for toddlers, preschoolers or kindergarteners, create the weather with our free printable weather playdough mats. Choose one of our easy playdough recipes or use store-bought playdough, add these printable playdough mats, and you have a fantastic hands-on early learning science activity to add to your spring lessons.
Learn About The Weather With Printable Playdough Mats
Spring Weather Activities
Learning about the weather is a classic theme for spring theme lessons, but so is play! We have you covered with our playful weather activities, play dough included. Get kids to create fun playdough forms of weather such as rain, sun, and fog.
Plus, you’ll find a quick and easy-to-read description about the type of weather on the mat to share with your kiddos while they play! This is a great way to spark a conversation about the weather… you can ask all sorts of open-ended questions!
Weather Conversation Starters
- What’s your favorite type of weather?
- What do you like to do when it’s________ (their favorite type of weather)?
- What would you wear for this activity or when the weather is _____ ?
- Does their favorite type of weather happen during a specific season or all year?
If you’ve wanted an easy playful learning activity to share with your kiddos, you will love this weather activity. All you need to do is download our free printable playdough mat below, make up a batch of homemade playdough (or use store-bought), and get started!
Combine these weather playdough mats with some of our other hands-on weather activities for a fun spring lesson in the classroom or at home.
What is the Weather like?
These playdough mats are a terrific opportunity to add spring science to your playtime! What are the different types of weather? Before you start, ask your kiddos what comes to mind when they think of weather and weather for different seasons (if applicable).
- Is it rainy?
- Is it sunny?
- Is it windy
- Is there a chance of lightning?
- Or will you see a rainbow?
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 it 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: Make sure to read about each playdough mat and ask questions to encourage discussion. But also, allow for creative playtime without instruction or talking if desired. Keep in mind, that you can interrupt their thought process as well if they are calmly playing. It’s a balance!
Choose from various recipes to make your own 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.
—>>> Go here to find all our playdough recipes.
Free Printable Weather Playdough Mats
Download and print the weather playdough mats below. For durability and ease of use, make sure to laminate the mats before use or place them in a sheet protector.
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Printable Playdough Recipes Pack
If you want an easy-to-use printable resource for all of your favorite playdough recipes as well as exclusive (only available in this pack) playdough mats, grab our printable Playdough Project Pack!