Playdough Learning: Straws and the Letter L

Many children feel that practicing handwriting is a chore, an unwanted burden and something they dislike spending time on. With all the technology and electronic devices we have today, it almost seems like handwriting is becoming irrelevant. In our class, it isn’t. There are several ways to form letters, and in our class, we learn to construct them properly without even using a pencil! As your children are introduced to letter formation, they benefit most from a hands-on approach using manipulatives. Even before children can properly grasp a pencil they can practice this way and get a feel for the way a letter should be formed. Miss Carrie models the correct formation with the children and then lets them explore and in essence “create” letters. For this particular activity, we practiced creating letter Ls with Playdoh and straws. Each child poked straws into the Playdoh to create the letter L.

Practicing writing doesn’t mean you have to sit at a table. Many younger children are resistant to sitting and practicing. Those same children may delight in writing in dirt with a stick while playing outside. You’d be surprised at how much more fun writing is when you simply do it at a different time or place than expected. Try it!


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