Kids of all ages love to work with play dough! What a fantastic tool we have for use in our classroom for a variety of learning activities. Today, we are 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 challenges our students to practice spelling words in a whole new way!
Pair this with our Alphabet Centers and Activities for more ABC practice!
Play Dough Letters Spelling Activity
An Invitation to Spell
A simple setup with play dough and letter beads, however, a great invitation to spell which will guarantee independent learning!
This invitation to spell activity is perfect for your literacy center! Simply add letter beads or any plastic ABC manipulative you have on hand and grab some play dough.
You might choose a variety of play dough colors to encourage sorting as an added bonus! I know many who also enjoy home-made play dough.
Work those fine motor muscles and encourage longer independent play time by also including rollers and other play dough tools!
Variation of Play
Encourage students to spell words, names or to sort letters.
Word sorting helps children to see the different attributes of each letter. Students can sort letters according to color or letters with holes or not, same letter sounds together, vowels and consonants together, etc.
Sorting develops visual perception skills needed for reading and writing. Rolling, pressing and the removing of the beads all work on fine motor skills which are so important for those fingers!
You might consider adding flash cards of words your students need to revise and instruct them to spell the words in the play dough.
Challenge students to only use corresponding color dough and beads for those students that want the little extra challenge!
This Play Dough Letters Spelling Activity is easy to differentiate learning for students on all levels.
Such a fun, open-ended invitation to spell activity which stimulates the senses too!
You might also be interested in our Alphabet Play Dough Mats Series!