Mastering the alphabet is a foundational skill that students need repeated practice with. These Alphabet Play Dough Mats are a great tool to use all year long! Students will work on mastering the alphabet, beginnings sounds, and
build fine motor skills in the process.
This set of play dough mats comes with two options - full page mats or half page mats.
★ The full page mats have a letter of the alphabet in upper- and lower-case. These mats also feature three pictures that start with that letter. X is the only expection - these pictures have x as the ending letter.
★ The half page mats have aletter of the alphabet in upper- and lower-case. These mats have one picture to represent each letter. There are two mats for each vowel (one for each vowel sound).
What if my students have trouble forming the letters? Won't they end up just playing in the center?
Many times when kids don't understand what to do, they will become distracted and off task. My phonics play dough centers come with a few tools to help students that don't know how to make the letters with their dough.
⇒ Alphabet Mat - The mat gives the students a one-page resource to see how they can form every letter of the alphabet. There is an upper-case and lower-case mat included. Each mat is also available in black and white or in color (the vowels are in red, the consonants are in blue).
⇒ Flash Cards - The flash cards can be placed on a ring and highlight each letter individually. These come in upper-case and lower-case options and are available in black and white.
Why do the alphabet cards not show how the letters can be formed with play dough?
I believe it is best for early readers to see the letters as they would appear in text. While you can make letters out of play dough, they aren't exactly the same as what you would see in a book.
I'm not allowed to use play dough. Can I still utilize these in my classroom?
Yes! Since the cards do not show the letters being formed with play dough, you can still use the alphabet cards in a variety of ways. For example, the letters are written in a "bubble" style, so you can have students write over the letters on the cards with a dry erase marker. Or you can create tactile books with the cards by using glue, glitter, sand, etc.
How do you hold students accountable with this center?
I do not offer a worksheet with this resource. If you would like to have your students turn in something after completing the center, they could record the letters they worked on or even take pictures of their work if you have devices in your classroom.
Why are there full and half page mats included?
These are just options for you depending on your needs. The half page mats are a great tool to place on a ring and have students take the cards to their seats to work on.
The full page mats offer more visual representations for the students.
Do you have more play dough resources?
Yes, they can be found in my store
Do you have more alphabet resources?
Yes! I offer many alphabet resources. Look in my store to find write the room sets, stamping worksheets, clip cards, and more!