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Beads and Play Dough Fine Motor Literacy Fun!

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My kiddos have been on a playdough kick lately, so I decided to add in my stash of beads and sneak in some learning while they play.  With some homemade playdough and an assortment of beads, we had fun making letters for this simple letter recognition activity!

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  • Grab some store bought or homemade playdough
  • Beads
  • Dull knife to make letters

Fine Motor Alphabet Activity

Yep, that is all you need for this activity!  Well, and a willing participant, of course!

To set up the activity I rolled out some playdough and then used a dull kitchen knife to write a letter.

 For some reason we chose "R" first.

I showed Little Sis how to follow the line and make her own beaded "R" by having her push the beads into the playdough.

writing in play dough

This Beads and Playdough activity is great for prewriting and fine motor skills!

Continue tracing the letter with beads until your letter is complete!  Then... start again with a new letter!

For another twist to this simple activity, you can provide letter flashcards and have your child make the letter in the playdough without lines to follow.

fine motor activity using play dough

Or switch gears a bit and work on name recognition, too!!

play dough literacy idea

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