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Spelling Practice with Playdough

Spelling Practice with Playdough

You know we love our playdough! We’ve used it to replicate art from famous artists, added sprinkles to it, and used it with our playdough mats. Today, we’re sharing another fun way we like to use playdough – for spelling practice. To see our simple spelling practice with playdough activity, please continue reading below.


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What You’ll Need

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What to Do

  • Making the Playdough

Begin by making a batch or two (we typically make one batch per child) of our one-pot playdough. This is our tried and true recipe that is super easy to make. After you’ve made your playdough, allow it to cool a few minutes and then carefully plop it onto a sheet of parchment paper.

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Once your playdough has cooled enough to handle, simply make a bit of an indentation in your playdough, add some food coloring in the middle of your playdough, and fold your playdough over and over until the coloring has been incorporated. We typically wear disposable gloves while coloring playdough, just to keep our hands from coming out rainbow colored, but if you don’t have any on hand, you could always place the playdough (along with the food coloring that you’ve just added) on a piece of plastic wrap and use the plastic wrap as a sort of shield while you fold the food coloring into the playdough.

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Once your playdough has cooled, place it out along with the figurines and letters.


  • Spelling Practice with Playdough Time!

Roll out a bit of playdough and place a figurine alongside it. Invite your child to find the letters needed to spell the word and press them into the playdough.


You could also modify this activity and have the correct letters already separated for your child. You could also select half a dozen different letters and ask your child to place them into the playdough in their correct alphabetical order. Or, you could ask your child to place the first letter of the object you have selected (for example, have a dog figurine out and ask your child to place the letter that dog starts with into the playdough).


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