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Kids of all ages love to work with play dough! It is a fantastic tool we can use for a variety of learning activities to do in the classroom. Today, I am excited to share with you a hands-on literacy activity for growing little minds into big readers! This Play Dough Letters Spelling Activity not only works fine motor muscles, but it also challenges students to practice spelling words in a whole new way!
*Pair with our Alphabet Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten!
Play Dough Letters Spelling Activity
This play dough letters activity is a perfect invitation for your kiddos to practice spelling and independent learning. It is a simple, fun, and effective literacy center for Pre-K and Kindergarten.
For this easy-prep activity, grab some play dough and letter beads, or any plastic ABC manipulative you have on hand. Strengthen fine motor muscles and encourage longer independent play time by also including rollers and other play dough tools!
You could choose a variety of play dough colors to encourage sorting as an added bonus skill. This is also a great use for homemade play dough!
Ways to Play
This activity is awesome because it can be used in so many different ways. It encourages students to spell words, names, and even strengthen fine motor and sorting skills. Sorting develops visual perception skills needed for reading and writing.
The kids can sort the letter manipulatives according to color, letter sounds, vowels and consonants, etc. The options are endless!
When students roll, press, and the remove the letter manipulatives from the play dough, they are working on important fine motor skills.
You might consider adding flash cards of words your students need to review and instruct them to spell the words in the play dough.
As an added challenge, you could have the kids only use beads and their corresponding play dough colors.
The versatility of this Play Dough Letters Spelling Activity makes it easy to differentiate learning for students on all levels. It is such a fun, open-ended invitation to spell that stimulates the senses too!