Playdough Sounds

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Playful Learning

Learning Goals: Literacy, Letter Sounds, Letter Names, Forming Letters, Mutually-Directed Play


  • Using the printable placemats below, children can use playdough to form upper and lower case letters.

  • Students can practice naming letters, identifying letter sounds, and building words.

  • Educators can use the photos at the bottom of the placemat to support children's learning.

  • This educator facilitated activity can occur in small groups or one-on-one.

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Why is it Playful Learning?

  • The educator and child are both directing the play; the educator guides the child towards achieving a specific goal through the play activity (i.e. form letters, practice letter names and sounds), yet how the activity is completed is determined by the child.

We are the Play Learning Lab, run by Dr. Angela Pyle at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.



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