Play-Doh just goes well with anything, doesn’t it?
Even the alphabet. Play-Doh + the alphabet letters = Kinesthetic, fine motor, literacy-learning, memory-making fun.
In an effort to get the most out of each sit-down session with Noah, I’m starting to expand my use of our everyday learning materials. Instead of doing one Play-doh activity a day, we are having one Play-Doh day a week, and on that day, we’ll be doing everything with Play-doh I can think of. So instead of 5 minutes of Play-Doh, 5 minutes of light table, 5 minutes of bingo daubers, 5 minutes of stamping, and then a great big mess to clean up, I’m going to be choosing just one or two materials to focus on each day.
We’re learning the letter F this week, but in brainstorming Play-doh activities for this morning, I found a few that can be done with any alphabet letter. Here’s what we did this morning around the dining room table:
1. Cookie cutter letters – alphabet cookie cutter and a rolling pin
2. Play-Doh stamping – alphabet rubber stamp (I got mine at Wal-Mart.
3. Play-Doh letter mat from http://homeschoolcreations.com/preschoolalphabet.html. The link is to their free alphabet printables page – scroll down to the Play-Doh mat link. Lot’s of great stuff on that page. You’ll want to laminate this or put it in a sheet protector.
4. Object collage – Use one or more items that start with the letter you are teaching, and allow your child to make abstract art by sticking the items into a clump of the Play-Doh. Feathers were perfect for us since we’re on F this week.
5. Alphabet beads – Wooden or plastic beads with the letter you are teaching on them. For Noah I made a pile of about eight beads, some were the letter O and some were the letter F. He had to find all the Fs one by one and put them in the Play-Doh. Multi-tasking – oh yeah!
How about you – how do you use Play-Doh to teach or reinforce concepts?