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Busy Hands: Alien Play Dough Mat (Free Printable)

Play dough is such a wonderful material for creative play. Use it with a few props or tools, and it can lead to hours of playing. This was our first time using a play dough mat (and my first time designing one!), and it led to so many interesting ideas. I kept the design as open-ended as possible so there's room for lots of creativity!

A free printable play dough mat to make an alien planet scene.

I presented the mat with home made play dough (recipe coming soon!), some googly eyes, and the usual shape cutters and play dough tools. We ended up making a scene with aliens, stars in the background, and a rocket ship.

You can download the free printable below, and make your own play dough mat for play. Laminating it will make it last long, but I simply used contact paper to create a durable layer on it. You can also use the print out paper itself, but it will only last for one use or two.

This makes for a great play date activity, or in a group. You can also use it for a space themed birthday party, or give it as a party favor with some play dough.

A free printable play dough mat to make an alien planet scene.

Download the Alien Planet Play Dough Mat here.



Once you have clicked on the link, it will open in Google Drive. There is no log-in required. You can either download the printable by clicking on the arrow (for printing later), or print directly by clicking on the print icon. The file is in PDF format, you will have to use Adobe Reader if you are downloading it to open and print later. When you print, make sure your printer's setting is in the Landscape format.

If your download doesn't start when you click on the arrow, check if a pop-up has been blocked, and allow it on your browser for Google Drive.


Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft 
you can do with toddlers and young children.

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8 comments

Jenny said...

This is so cute, my children adore play dough! #letkidsbekids

Karen Bell said...

Ive not used play dough mats before, but they sound perfect for inspiring creativity. I love this alien one.
Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

Tickle Fingers said...

Never seen these before. Good find. #LetKidsBeKids

Louise George said...

That's a fab idea. We have a few play dough mats that have come with the big tubs although my little ones aren't quite at the stage of making play dough figures for them. I love the simplicity of the alien world one though - this would probably work well for little ones :-)

Elaine Betteridge said...

Thats a great idea, my toddler is a big fan of playdoh and he'd love that!

Tas D said...

Ooh this looks great. My z loves playDo so this would be great for him!

Eileen Teo said...

This is so cute! Thanks for the printable and Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

Natasha Daniels said...

This is really cute! I will print out for my kiddos :-)

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