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Preschool Corner ~ Playdough Mats

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This week has been a little ‘off’ at our house and I didn’t figure out why until early this morning when Zachary complained that his ear was hurting. One lovely ear infection diagnosed.

Fortunately I brought Kaleb along for the visit and our doctor checked him out too ~ and he has one in both ears. Why I’m so slow to catch onto these things is beyond me sometimes…

Since both boys were really in rare form, we spent much time ‘playing’ and learning rather than doing our actual work. Our toy of choice?

Playdough!!

I put together some playdough mats for both of the boys to use {and to share with you all, of course}. I just printed them off onto cardstock and rather than laminating them, I slide the sheet we are using into a plastic page protector. Then we can change it out as we want to!

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Kaleb’s playdough mats are all alphabet based. Each one is 8 1/2” x 11” and has both the uppercase and lowercase letter on the sheet along with a picture of something that starts with that letter/letter sound.

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We tried rolling the playdough, but Kaleb preferred snipping, snipping, snipping it instead. Needless to say, we had chunks of playdough everywhere and that is how Kaleb filled in the letters. We talked about the letters, traced them with our fingers, made the letter sounds together ~ and just had fun!

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Zachary’s playdough mats are actually tied into our All About Spelling lessons {I’m sneaky like that}. He said he was ‘too big’ for the letter mats and wanted his own to use. :)

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Since we’re using All About Spelling with him, I put together some spelling word mats to go along with most of the lessons in Level 1. Nothing fancy, mind you, but it has been great reinforcement for him on the phonics rules that he is learning each week. Each mat has the lesson equivalent in the bottom corner {i.e. 1.15 is level 1 lesson 15}.

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  • Utahkiwi72

    I would love to find these Alphabet print outs yet the link isnt working? :) LOVE YOUR BLOG!  

    • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

      Which ones are you looking for? I’ll double check the links and can Serbs you a correct one when I know. Thanks for letting me know!

    • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

      Hmmm…I clicked on both of the links for the playdough mats and the word mats and they are both working on this end. Have you tried opening them up in another browser?

  • gini

    thank you so much! my kiddos love the playdough mats!! Even the 11 year old lol

  • http://educatorssite.com/ romacox

    I like teaching this manner. Most curriculum teaches to the left brain only (workbooks, lectures), but by physically involving the children in the learning process, you are teaching to the whole brain. Children learn faster, retain more, and their natural love for learning is retained for a lifetime.

    • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

      you are so right! :)

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  • sara

    I love these! I want to make some tools that I can use with my kids that tie into what we are learning at the moment and I’m going bonkers over trying to get the font to look right. What font did you use? Yours look fantastic!

    • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

      I put that together in Microsoft Word and actually used Word Art – cannot access the font on my new computer, but the Word Art made it look like a block font.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bev.holte.3 Bev Holte

    Thank you, these are wonderful!

  • Fleur

    I found several worksheets on our copier at school and copied them for my Pre-K. So Glad i found you and thank you for sharing.

  • Gillian {Gigi Photography}

    Ohhh, hands up for me too! I’d love to do the printouts but it didn’t work for me either …. any suggestions? Pretty please? :)

    • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

      Gillian, Have you tried using a different browser? I am using Firefox and they are opening up for me. I’m able to open them on my PC and my Mac.

  • Stephanie

    Thank you for these. They are exactly what I was looking for to work with one of my new students.

  • cheryl

    Hi, I just found your posts. May I ask, do you happen to have or remember where you found the letters you used to make the words for the playdough word mats? I am a MOntessori teacher and would like the same type of letters for children to use as rainbow letters fro tracing.
    Thank you so much.

    • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

      The file was created in Publisher and it is a form of word art using the font ABCPrint.

  • Ravae

    You are truly awesome for posting all of these resources. Thank you!


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