- Practice target sounds
- Have your child practice the targeted sound 5-8 times, and then create a Playdough item together.
- Pick out a color that has the target sound. For example, /p/ for pink. Every time your child pushes down, squeezes or molds the Playdough, practice saying the sound.
- Use Playdough cut-outs for target sounds. For example, the animal cow can be used to practice the /k/ sound. Make 3-5 of those Playdough cut-outs. As you point to each cut-out, have your child practice saying “cow”.
- Every time you pick out a different color of Playdough, ask your child to point or label it.
- Pick out a select group of Playdough cut-outs (animals, food, body parts, etc.). As you make each cut-out, ask your child to point or label it.
- Use a variety of different Playdough cut-outs. As you finish making the variety of cut-outs, ask your child to sort them into groups. Discuss with your child the different categories you have created.
- Create as many different Playdough cut-outs as you want. Take the different cut-outs and start playing with your child. Talk to them about jumping, running, sliding, waving, eating, etc. These actions will help expand their language skills.
Playdough can be a great interactive activity to help your child practice their speech and language skills at home. Always remember the more fun you have, the more they are willing to learn.