Friday, June 21, 2013

Play-Doh Fun!

Who's looking to put a little more fun into their literacy and math stations?  If you're struggling with they new vigor vs. fun dilemma in education right now, you need to keep reading this post.

I know that my kiddos LOVE anything to do with Play-doh.   Seriously... is it the Play-doh scent?  I think it might be...

Anyway... if you are looking for ways to incorporate fun and standards into your curriculum, look no further!   Here are some must have ideas for your classroom that involve the all-time favorite Play-doh.  By the end of this post, we hope to give you several ideas and two of you will have a chance to win ALL of the stations in this post.

Let's begin with literacy...
Forming letters and numbers with Play-doh is a great reinforcement for students because they really have to "think" about how to form the sounds and letters as they make them.  While their doing it they are thinking about whatever skill it is they are working on.  Double reinforcement! (K.RF.1)

If your students are beyond letter making skills, maybe they can use the following cards for ordering letters in alphabetical order or making sight words. (K.RF.1, K.RF.3, 1.KL.2)

 Students can practice their short vowels sounds and reinforce them even more by making the letter.  (1.RF.2a, 1.RF.2c)

Now moving on to math stations...
These set of cards help with numeral formation and also reinforces counting.(K.CC.4)

If your students are ready for ten-frames, then they might be ready for these cards. (K.CC.3)

If your kiddos are ready to practice solving addition problems up to ten they can start practicing with these cards.  (K.OA.2)

Student can use Play-doh to practice story problems and number sentences.

Students can use play-doh to press base ten blocks impressions to make numbers. 

 Students can use play-doh to make the hands on a clock and then record the times on a recording sheet. (1.MD.3)

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  1. Have steered away from Play Doh, but with these creative, useful ways to have them at centers, I would definitely use it!! thanks!

    1. I stopped using Play-doh when they made us get rid of the "choosing" time at the end of the day. The kids loved it so much we had to find a way to bring it back in with an educational twist!

  2. this is brilliant! i'm all about the play dough! Great ideas :)

  3. I absolutely love these centers! I can't wait to use them next year!!

    Lesson Plans & Lattes

  4. Wow!!! I was just looking for a way to amp up my playdoh center...these are PERFECT!!!!!

  5. I love all the ideas you have put together with play dough for letter and number recognition! Found you through instagram!! Just entered to win! Happy to be your newest follower!!

    Table Talk with C & C

  6. I love these ideas! Can't wait to use them in my class!

  7. So many ideas! I'm excited to use these. I'm thankful I stumbled onto your blog. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. I have to have all of these!!! I have completed all 15 entries, but if I don't win. they are already on my TpT wishlist!!


    Kindergarten Celebration

  9. I love your ideas! Some are similar to ways I already use playdoh, but many are new ideas! Thanks for sharing and if I don't win I will be buying this (when my dear husband lets me spend money on teaching stuff next month - hahaha!)
    Mrs. Cobb's Kinder Sprouts

  10. love these ideas!!! What a wonderful way to combine learning and fun.

  11. Love these ideas! Thanks! We've made letters and numbers with Play-Doh but I really like the laminated mat ideas.

  12. I love having all of these ideas in one place...this is going to help me engage my two year old twins and my five year old at the same table. Thanks!