I had fun too while she played, spelling out Mummy and Daddy (much requested words and words that she can read by sight.) Lots of fun and I’m 30 years older than her!
There is plenty of potential in this activity and is certainly one that we will be coming back to often.
For older children (4-6 years) they could use the dough to spell out simple 3 letter CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, or words that are tricky that they need to learn by sight (such as “the”.)
For younger children, explore the shapes that different objects make when pushed into the dough, such as keys, feathers, twigs, shells, combs etc.
For now, learning how to write her name with confidence and starting to sound and recognise letters by name and sound are the stage we are at. I look forward to more Playful Literacy activities soon!
- literacy: begin to recognise letters by name and sound, know and name the initial letter of their own name, begin to be able to write/ spell out own name, recognise familiar words by sight
- physical development: fine motor skill practise through pinching/rolling/squeezing/pushing/flattening play dough, small hand control through finger tracing in letter impressions
Cakie: 3 years, 5 months