Play-Doh Letters

Remember when I advised you the other day to keep reading fun and change it up to create your own reading rockstar?  You know and I know that flashcards will only take your kids so far.  So when in doubt, excite those little fine motor fingers and practice forming and talking about the alphabet with Play-Doh!

Got this idea, where else?  Pinterest, from a lovely blog, Make Do + Friend.  Sadly, I don’t have the link to the original post, but once you head over there, you will be so lost in amazing ideas you won’t have a hard time finding lots of brilliant ways to inspire your kids to love letters!

Okay, so basically all we did was use our fine motor skills to push and roll the dough into snakes so we can could then form letters.  I used a white board as the foundation so I could trace the outline of each letter, and Jax could manipulate them into the correct shape.

While we did this, we talked about things like what sounds the letters made and what words we could think of that start with that letter.  Then I tried to have Jax come up with a sentence using only that one letter, and I wrote it on the white board.

Not a bad literacy lesson, considering this is about as much Play-Doh as I can take!  In fact, I think this is the only thing I like to do with Play-Doh!  But in my effort to keep reading and playtime fun, I will admit this was a great way to play and learn!

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