Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cost Saving Adventures: Playdough

I don’t know about you, but Lisa and I are officially halfway there! However, that means our whiteboard markers are near death, our pencil stash is dwindling and our Play-Doh is looking more like dried crust than anything else.

While working intently on report cards this week I found this little gem on Pinterest! 

I figured why not stir up some dough? All I needed was:

And the recipe available at:

After a fun afternoon of mixing it up with the husband… Playdough was made! 

I stored the homemade playdough in the Play-Doh tubs and slid them back into the Word Work choices today! We'll see how the batch holds up! And if the tables turn pink..... 

To accompany this cost saving tip I thought I’d share some fine motor cards. Sadly, these skill cards are designed more for my first grade honeys.  HOWEVER, if you’ve got a kiddo that needs some fine motor practice feel free to modify!

I start with the individual letters early in the year and move on to our sight words as we introduce them. 

I laminate the cards and keep them in the tub with the playdough.

Students fill in the letters with the playdough. Ideally, they practice spelling and reading the word!

Lowercase Letter Cards

Uppercase Letter Cards

First 25 Sight Word Cards
That's it for today! We hope your week is off to an amazing start!


Jennifer said...

Love this!! Thanks for sharing!!

The First Grade Dream

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Love it!
First Grade Blue SKies

Laura said...

Just downloaded the playdough frames! Thanks so much! Please post how you like the new playdough! Great idea!

Peace, Love and First Grade

Mrs. Ann Greene said...

Thanks for these playdough frames! I appreciate you sharing your creation and can't wait to make these for my kindergarten students to use.


Kelley Cirrito said...

Love it! Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try this with my kids!

Sara S. said...

My mom used to use this recipe all the time when we were kids. I never thought to use it in the classroom! Thanks for sharing.

Sara :)

Smiling In Second Grade

Amanda said...

What a great idea! I have been wanting to use playdoh with my first graders. These letter and word cards will help make a fun, and educational, literacy center! :)



Mrs. Cupcake said...

I made this playdoh for my littles in Sept... LOVED it!!!

A Cupcake for the Teacher

Jennifer said...

These are great!
Rowdy in First Grade

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Theresa said...

Oh! The joys of making playdough! Thanks for sharing your cards!

Lisa Howard said...

Love these! You could do this right on my blend cards toohttp://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blend-it-Up

A Teachers bag of Tricks

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