I love to use different methods when encouraging the children to learn words, I believe they get so much more out of the experience if it’s a fun one. This simple method of using a tub of play dough is a firm favourite in our house. Simply make your own or or just buy some. (Recipe below for those that fancy going homemade)
The method can be adapted to the child’s individual age and ability, some may need help and some may enjoy the independence of doing it by themselves. Either way it’s a fabulous activity to do.
This first photo shows my youngest I wrote the words on a piece of paper so she could make up the words all the time chatting about the sounds, we read each word before she made it from the play dough, then she had a go at making the words herself.
The second photo is of my eldest daughter, she made up the words herself and then the second time round she used the LOOK, COVER, WRITE method to see if she could remember the spelling.
Quote from my eldest ‘I love doing this mummy’!
So if your looking for a new way to encourage your LO to have fun whilst learning or your STUGGLING to get them to do spellings. Have a go, I hope they have fun.
Please let me know how it goes, messages can be left in the comments box below. Thanks
RECIPE FOR COOKED PLAYDOUGH
Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and warm through on a low heat, keep staring and eventually you will have your dough, remove from head and spoon onto a safe surface to cool before using.
NONE COOKE PLAYDOUGH RECIPE
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
food dye (any color, be creative!)
newspaper to cover the surface you’re working on
It only takes about 10 minutes to make just mix it all up and kneed it together!