Monday, April 12, 2010

Fun With Play-Doh

I think every house should have a few containers of Play-Doh. I know some families who have a ban on Play-Doh because it gets in the carpet. However, you can rectify that situation by purchasing a large dry erase board. This board performs double duty by acting as a writing/magnetic board and a Play-Doh board. And clean up is easy since the dry erase board material is so smooth and slick. Here are some ideas for Play-Doh lessons.

Practice letter formation: For this activity I draw both the capital and lowercase letters on the dry erase board. Then we roll Play-Doh out into long lines and trace the letter. We usually do different letters and then race to see who can finish their letter first.

Practice beginning words: For this activity I write a simple word such as bat or cat on the board. We then go over how to sound out and read the word. We also go over other words in that word family, such as sat, rat, and mat. Then we use the Play-Doh to outline the word

Practice creative arts: There is no set way to do this activity. All you need is a little imagination and lots of Play-Doh. This last time we made a person. It started out as just a face, but by the end we had added a neck, shoulders, and arms. All you have to do is draw out what you want to start with and go from there. Let the imagination run wild.

Happy Homeschooling!!


  1. Great idea - those play dough people are hilarious!

  2. This is such a great idea! I preschool homeschooled my little boy for a bit after I left my teaching job. It was so much fun!

  3. Hi!

    I found a link to your blog from WAHM and I love it!

    Thank you so much for the incredibly useful information! My little boy is 2 - since I can't have more children, I want to do right by him and feel that homeschooling is the best option. I'm always looking for things for him because he gets bored so easily with most of the things they say 2 year olds like.

    I'm a definite fan. Thanks again! :)

  4. No problem. I've found that both of my children were able to go above the age suggestions given by 'experts.' What I found the easiest to do was look up all sorts of activities and lessons for K and below. Then I'd tweak them if I needed to for their ages. This made the lessons more challenging without being frustrating.