Sight Word Game: Showdown!!

Simple prep, super fun sight word game. {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 4 to 7. This fun and surprisingly simple sight word game was one of my kindergarteners’ hands-down favorite ways to practice reading common words. I hope Showdown becomes a well loved sight word game for your kids too. Sight Word Game Prep   To play this sight word game, I grabbed a stack of blank index cards and markers. […]

Alphabet Olympics

Alphabet Olympics {Playdough to Plato}

For as long as I can remember, I’ve eagerly anticipated the Summer Olympics.  This year is no exception. Every time I see a television ad pop up on the screen, I can’t help but feel a little excited. In fact, that’s the inspiration behind “Alphabet Olympics” – an active, motivating way to help your child memorize […]

The Labeling Game

The Labeling Game {Playdough to Plato}

The Labeling Game is a short and sweet way to give your child practice reading, spelling and studying words. To play, you’ll need a stack of blank index cards, a marker and a roll of tape that won’t damage surfaces. (Blue painter’s tape is always my go-to if I’m uncertain about how sensitive a surface […]

ABC Game: Alphabet and Sight Word Scramble

Alphabet Scramble

Activity for ages 2 to 6 This ABC game is perfect for burning off a little energy!  This ABC game is called “Alphabet and Sight Word Scramble”.  It’s perfect for children who are just learning their letters and for kids who are memorizing common sight words. ABC Game Prep To start, you’ll need a tunnel […]

Kindergarten Busy Bags: Part Three

Spin a Word {Playdough to Plato}

  I’ve heard that good things happen in 3s and that is definitely true of this three-part busy bag series.  Boy Mama Teacher Mama and I teamed up several weeks ago to give away six printable kindergarten busy bags: 3 that work on literacy skills and 3 that focus on math.  So far, we have […]

Word Rocket


One of my kindergarteners’ favorite games to play toward the end of the year was “Word Rocket” – a fun way for children to practice sounding out and writing words as they count down from 10 to Takeoff.       Supplies:   A Word Rocket printable  (available in the righthand column). 3 blank blocks. […]

Magic E Bingo


Nothing says “competition” like a good old-fashioned game of Bingo.  There’s something about the back and forth of covering more squares than a neighbor that gets competitive spirits racing.  Teachers have picked up on this not-so-surprising effect and use Bingo to teach all sorts of things: numbers, letters and, in this case, words.   This […]

Pretend Play: Doctor’s Office


Activity for ages 2 to 5. Unfortunately, my boys and I have spent hours in the doctor’s office over the last month checking in on various ear infections and common viruses.  Our outings have inspired my two and a half year old to become unusually interested in using his pretend play doctor’s office kit. The other […]

ABC Game: Race to the Top

ABC Game Race to the Top

 Activity for ages 3 to 5. We love ABC games!! Whether we’re playing ABC Cup Hunt, alphabet stamping or sticker match up, we’re always finding new, fun ways to practice letters.   This free printable ABC game is a low prep, motivating way to teach kids how to write letters. To Prep   I printed […]

The Lollipop Tree


  Sometimes my favorite teaching opportunities are completely unplanned.  Case in point: last week’s family outing to visit a blooming lollipop tree.  In case you haven’t seen the pictures on Playdought to Plato’s Facebook page or Pinterest boards, the site was really extraordinary.         Each year, the E Family sends out invitations […]

ABC Game: Letter Sort Curvy or Straight?


Activities for ages 2 to 4 Using an ABC game is one of the best ways to introduce the alphabet to your little ones. Our brains learn best when we use several senses at once, so this ABC game helps pre-readers use a variety of senses to help their brains remember the differences between letters. […]

Letter and Word Tic-Tac-Toe


Help your child learn to recognize letters and sight words by playing a twist on an old classic: Tic-Tac-Toe.  The rules of this version of Tic-Tac-Toe are the same as the original.  Players will take turns saving a square by writing in it.  The first player with three squares in a row (either across, down […]

The Makes Sense-Nonsense Game

Makes Sense - Nonsense Game {Playdough to Plato}

Without question, one of my favorite games to play with children when they are learning how to read is an extremely entertaining game called “Makes Sense – Nonsense”.  It’s a great activity to play when you are out and about or when you have a few extra minutes to squeeze in a little extra learning. […]