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Using Play Dough to Practice Spelling Words

January 29, 2009

This is an easy way for your child to practice spelling words and it is also great for fine motor development.

You’ll Need:

  • a copy of the words to learn
  • a sheet protector
  • play dough (recipe follows)
  1. One way to practice is by placing one spelling word (written on 81/2 x 11 paper) inside of a sheet protector. Your child will need to roll the play dough out into strips to cover the word. Have your child lay the thin strips out on the letters one at a time saying the letter as they are making them. Using the sheet protector to protect the paper allows your child to correctly place the play dough to cover the word.
  2. Or your child can look at the spelling word and make the letters directly on the play dough safe counter.
  3. Or I have had some children that just liked to roll the play dough out flat.  Then using their fingertip, write the letters in the play dough.

Choices, choices!! Have fun with whatever choice  your child would like to try!

Play Dough Recipe

Play dough is a classic childhood toy that is so easy to make at home you’ll never buy it again.

Basic ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

Optional but they add to the fun:

food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
scented oils

  • Combine all of the ingredients and cook at medium heat.
  • Stir the mixture until it pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  • When the mixture forms a loose ball, transfer to the counter to knead.
  • Once the play dough is a uniform texture, make a divot in the center to add some food coloring.  You may want to work on top of wax paper so the color doesn’t dye your counter. Keep the concentrated dye inside the dough and it won’t discolor your hands or the counter.
  • Adding a sensed extract will make it all the more fun for the senses!
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