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Chinese Zodiac Play Dough Mats

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these Chinese Zodiac Play Dough Mats! Sensory activities like this one are a hands-on way for kids to practice letter recognition, develop fine motor skills, and much more!


Fine Motor Activity

Chinese Zodiac Play Dough Mats:

Play dough is one of my favorite sensory play tools because your kids can use their senses as they squeeze, roll, and squish it with their hands. It’s a fun way for kids to develop their fine motor skills and hand muscle strength too. These developmental skills are so important for pre-readers and pre-writers.


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What Is A Sensory Activity?

It is anything that your kids can play with that stimulates their five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. Through sensory play, your kids can explore, investigate, and discover new things. This can help them develop critical thinking, problem solving, and many more important skills. 


Getting Ready To Use The Chinese Zodiac Play Dough Mats:

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What’s Included:

  • 12 Animal Play Dough Mats


The animal play dough pictures include a dragon, dog, goat, horse, monkey, ox, pig, rabbit, rat, rooster, snake, and tiger.


What’s Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper
  • Laminator
  • Laminating Pouches
  • Play Dough
  • Dry Erase Marker


Letter Recognition Activity


To prepare this fine motor activity, click on the button below to download and print the mats.


I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too. Then, laminate the mats or put them in reusable dry erase pockets.


If you don’t want to use store-bought play dough, try making our Kool-Aid Play Dough. This sensory-friendly recipe smells so sweet and is soft to touch. 


How To Use The Chinese Zodiac Play Dough Mats:

After reading Chinese New Year books with your kids, they will create the Chinese Zodiac animals using these play dough mats.


Chinese New Year Activity for Kids


First, your children will select a mat and identify the capital and lowercase letter on it. They will then read the name of the animal.


Play Dough Mat


Next, your kids will use play dough to create the animal on the mat. They can then trace over the capital and lowercase letters that the animal begins with and the name of the animal.


Sensory Play


These Chinese Zodiac Play Dough Mats can be used as a fun sensory activity for preschoolers to practice letter recognition and develop their fine motor skills. 


Sensory Activity



Pin It For Later:

Do you want to save these play dough mats for later? Pin this to your preschool activities board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!


Chinese Zodiac Play Dough Mats


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