There are several benefits to using play dough in your classroom in addition to increasing opportunities for language/social skill development.
Play dough also:
*Enhances fine motor skills
*Improves pre-writing skills
*Encourages creativity and imaginative skills
*Provides a calming effect
*Develops hand-eye coordination
*Increases overall curiosity and knowledge
To use this activity in speech therapy, provide each student with a page and play dough.
Slide it into a protective plastic sheet protector or dry erase sleeve for many sessions, year after year.
This 62 page document includes:
Instructions and tips for using in your classroom or therapy room.
Separate full page visuals for playdough action words (squeeze, roll, etc.)
10 Level 1 boards for each season.
10 Level 2 boards for each season.
For Level 1 boards, students will use the CORE LANGUAGE visuals to request and comment on their activity as they create the pattern.
For Level 2 boards, students will smash a piece of dough onto the targeted skills as they complete each one. When they are finished, they will create the dough pattern:
•Ask a WH question
•Answer a WH question
•Give the category for the word pictured
•Provide the function of the object
•Give a description of size/shape/color
•Tell how it feels, smells, tastes
•Tell the parts to a whole
•Provide a feeling/emotion
•Tell more about the object/something it reminds them of
Spring: Bee, Butterfly, Caterpillar, Dragonfly, Ladybug, Chick, Bunny, Shamrock, Leprechaun Hat, Flower
Summer: COMING NEXT!
Fall: Red leaf, Yellow leaf, Football, Apple, Pumpkin, Acorn, Rake, Sunflower, Corn, Hay Bail
Winter: Ear muff, Winter hat, Hot cocoa, Mitten, Penguin, Snowflake, Snowman, Tree, Present, Gingerbread Man
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