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Like many other preschoolers, my 4-year-old Jemma is fascinated by letters. She started reading consonant-vowel-consonant words earlier this summer, but we haven’t really worked on writing much yet. We’re using Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting, and I like Nan Barchowsky’s suggestions for developing prewriting skills in young children and focusing on gross motor skills.
Miss J likes writing in the air with her finger and making letters and shapes in shaving cream. Today I made a batch of homemade play dough using the recipe below, and we’ll be rolling the dough into snakes to form letters this week along with our other work on letters, as well as using the play dough to keep Jemma entertained while I’m working with Isabelle.
It would work better to add the food coloring while the dough is still cooking, but we wanted to have several different colors and just kept kneading (and kneading and kneading) to work in the colors. Our “purple” play dough turned out sort of gray, but the girls have visions of creating elephants and dolphins with it so it’s OK.