Summer is the perfect time to pull out the play dough and play! Using these Sun Alphabet Play Dough Mats is not only a fun sensory activity for kids but a hands-on way for them to work on learning the ABC’s too.
Sun Alphabet Play Dough Mats:
Play dough is one of my favorite sensory play tools. From the feel to the smell of it, your children will be using their different senses as they process and learn the letters of the alphabet.
As your kids squeeze, roll, and squish the play dough, they will also develop their fine motor skills and hand muscle strength.
What Is Letter Recognition?
Letter recognition is the ability to recognize and name all of the lowercase and capital letters. Also, kids who can recognize the letters of the alphabet can distinguish between them.
Getting Ready To Use The Sun Alphabet Play Dough Mats:
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- 3 Sets of Alphabet Play Dough Mats
- Lowercase Letter Play Dough Mats
- Capital Letter Play Dough Mats
- Capital & Lowercase Letter Play Dough Mats
- Letter Recording Sheet
What Else Is Needed:
- White Card Stock
- Laminator and Laminating Pouches
- Yellow Play Dough (see other suggestions below!)
- Dry Erase Pockets
To prepare this alphabet activity, click on the pencil below to download and print the mats that you want your kids to use. I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too.
Then, laminate the play dough mats or put them in dry erase pockets. If you don’t want to use store bought play dough, try making our Kool-Aid Play Dough.
How To Use The Sun Alphabet Play Dough Mats:
Your kids will pick a play dough mat and identify the letter or letters on it. (One set includes both the capital and lowercase letters.) Then, they will use yellow play dough to form the letter. After they make the letter, they can write it on the recording sheet.
To make learning the ABC’s more fun, you can use other manipulatives too. For these sun mats, try yellow pom poms with tweezers, buttons, large beads, or mini erasers.
These Sun Alphabet Play Dough Mats are a fun, hands-on way for pre-readers to practice identifying lowercase and capital letters. Through this sensory activity, they will also work on developing their fine motor skills, hand muscle strength, and more!
Pin It For Later:
Do you want to save this letter activity for later? Pin this to your alphabet board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!
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