A dear friend surprised us with a set of alphabet cookie cutters recently. It definitely came in handy as we learned letter-sound relationships. Here’s what we would usually do:
- Grab tubs of Play-Doh and alphabet cookie-cutters.
- Roll the Play-Doh flat.
- Name the letters and its sound as we press the cutters into the dough.
- Cut out simple words like “Jump”, “Hannah”, “Dad” and blending the sounds to form the word.
This simple activity helps Hannah improve her phonemic awareness and fine motor skills. I was pleasantly surprised that she could play the game for this long (and so often).
Quick tip: Prepare lots of Play-Doh! You just can’t help jumping in and getting your hands dirty too! It’s kind of therapeutic kneading and feeling the smooth, soft dough in your hands.