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Playdough Sounds

Updated: Oct 30, 2019

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.