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We do a TON of word work in my classroom. Whether it’s building CVC words, sight words, or working on our letters in general, we love to find different ways to work with letters and words! One of our favorite tools to use is play dough because there are so many possibilities. These simple ideas for making words with play dough are sure to be a hit with your kids too!
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Simple Ideas for Making Play Dough Words
We have our play dough and we are ready to do word work! I love to have small cans of play dough on hand, as they last a while and are the perfect individual size for one student. However, you can also make your own play dough if you wish.
We actually put play dough cans on our supply list last year since our kids use them so much, and it was wonderful to have them come in with school supplies.
Now it’s time to gather up our favorite tools!
Golf tees are fantastic fine motor tools, as they are small and fit in a child’s hand perfectly to build up that pencil grip! Plus, it takes a bit of finger strength to write the words in the play dough.
Letter tiles are fun to use on a flat surface, but why not stick them in play dough too? Play dough makes a great stand to build your words on!
Alphabet magnets are a staple in most early childhood classrooms. We love to use ours to play word games and to play in play dough too! They are perfect to stamp down into the dough to spell your sight words.
We love our alphabet stamps! We use them in ink of course, but sometimes it is fun to take them out and stamp our sight words in play dough too! When we finish, we just squish it up, roll it out, and make another word.
More Play Dough Tools
Do you love learning with play dough? What’s your favorite tool? This week in the #toolsforlearning series a group of kid bloggers are bringing you some awesome ideas for making learning with play dough fun! Check out all the ideas below!
Letter Formation with Play Dough from Still Playing School
Learning with Playdough Letters and First Words Flash Cards from Crafty Mama in ME
Play Dough and Alphabet Beads from Mom Inspired Life
Playdough Scene Creation from Powerful Mothering
Simple ideas for making words with play dough from The Kindergarten Connection
Letter Sound Activity with Play Dough Tools from Raising Little Superheroes
Patterns and textures with Play Dough Rollers from Play & Learn Every Day
Phases of the Moon from Edventures with Kids
Roll and Build a Play Dough Spud from School Time Snippets
Scissor Skills Practice with Play Dough from Modern Preschool
Count & Smash Play Dough Math Activity from Stir the Wonder
The Ultimate DIY Play Dough Kit for Toddlers and Beyond from Lemon Lime Adventures
Play Dough Exercise for Thumb Wrap Pencil Grasp from Sugar Aunts
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