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To help our children learn the letters of the alphabet, we have playdough set out daily as a centre.  Each child has their own container of playdough labelled with their name.  There are placemats they can use, as well as outlines of letters they can use.  The children can put their playdough on the letter, roll it into snakes to form the letter on top of the laminated letter, or they can just create the letter on their placemat. 

Even if the children don’t want to make a letter, playdough is very important in any Kindergarten classroom.  Young children need to develop and strengthen their fine motor muscles.  Using playdough (or clay, plasticine, etc…)  helps children build the muscles necessary to manipulate writing materials.  And what a fun way to do it!

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