Play Doh is a great medium that increases the muscle strength in the fingers and hands. The motor skills used while playing with play doh later translate into increased dexterity, writing skills, and self-help skills (like opening containers, tying shoes, etc). My son shows NO interest in letters, but he loves numbers and likes to count everything. I made these ‘do it yourself’ play doh mats for him today. It took two days for him to visit the invitation, but once he did – he loved it.
THINGS YOU NEED:
- white paper (I used card stock)
- stamp pad
- play doh ‘cookie cutters’
- laminate and laminator
I stamped on the numbers and shapes, but you could also just trace them. There are so many things you can reinforce with DIY Play Doh mats.
- number or letter recognition
- simple matching (shapes, animals, etc)
- math (counting, addition, subtraction, etc)
- name recognition and spelling
- spelling sight words
- etc etc etc
Click HERE for a letter/number play doh set.
I will add pics to this post if my son ever shows interest in letters.
- AK (MESE, MECD)
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