Playdough together with letter beads provide all kinds of fun learning opportunities! We used our blue playdough and letter beads to make “clouds”, imprinting and sorting vowels.
Creating Letter Clouds With Playdough
Playdough is great for combining fun and educational. My learners needed more practice in differentiating between vowels and consonants. We used our blue playdough and flattened it for imprinting the letters, that is when one child remarked that it looked like clouds! Hence, we called it letter clouds! I suppose you can use a different color Playdough and just name it letter pancakes or anything really!
After each learner flattened five playdough balls into “clouds”, they had to pick out the vowel beads from the consonant beads. Letter knowledge and visual discrimination skills are at work here. (You don’t have to use letter beads though, letter stamps, letter cookie cutters or magnetic letters could work too.)
Each vowel was assigned to a “cloud”. The sound of each vowel was practiced orally. Then, I said a word, for instance, ‘cat’ and the children had to imprint/stamp the correct vowel onto the correct cloud. Identifying the sound and matching it to the correct bead is an example of phoneme and grapheme correlation, which is very important in learning to read and write.
We went through a lot of familiar CVC, CVCC and CCVC and filled the clouds. Revising previous words in this activity too.
Using playdough added a sensory(tactile) element to this literacy activity, and we know that children learn best when the learning involves more than one sense, aka multisensory learning.
You can use this activity idea with sorting of consonants too and also to spell words by imprinting the words in the playdough. And the learners will love it!