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Friday, June 13, 2014


After thinking about Kalina’s play dough octopus, I thought it might be interesting to explore different ways you could use play dough in centers to reinforce skills. Multi-sensory, engaging, creative, open-ended…here we go! 

Reading Literature
Let children make their favorite character and use it to retell a story.

Draw a scene from a story and add details with play dough.

Reading for Information
Make something that you learned from the book.

Reading Foundations
Rhymes – Make two objects that rhyme. 

Sounds – Make objects that start with a consonant, blend, or diagraph you are working on.
Vowels- Make an object for a long vowel sound and short vowel sound.

Silly Putty
Here’s another idea a second grade teacher shared for keeping those fingers busy! She asks each parent to provide a container of silly putty that the children keep in their pencil box. If they finish their work early, they use the silly putty to create something that relates to a reading skill, math concept, science unit, etc.