Frequently Asked Questions

We love helping make your life easier! Check out the answers to our most common questions below.

Don’t see what you need? Send our team an email at hello@playdoughtoplato.com.

What ages and grades do your activities target?

We’re OBSESSED with helping Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st Grade teachers save time, get bigger teaching results, and make learning so fun that students can’t wait to come to school every day.

Most of our activities are for ages four to seven, HOWEVER, many of The STEM Laboratory experiments are fun for ALL ages!

What is The Plato Pack?

It’s our VIP membership for Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers. The Plato Pack gives you THOUSANDS of ready-to-use centers, lesson plans and teaching tools in one trusted spot.

See what all the buzz is about (and join us!) right here.

When is the best time to join The Plato Pack?

Anytime you’re ready! The Plato Pack is open for enrollment 365 days a year. We want you to be 100% confident in becoming a member so here’s a rundown of everything you get when you join the Plato Pack:

Will my principal PAY for The Plato Pack?

It’s very possible! In fact, you’d be surprised how many principals and PTAs have already said “yes”.

To make it really easy for you to ask, we created this letter you can print out or copy and paste into an email.

I need help teaching children to read. Do you offer a course?

Yes! So many teachers asked for help teaching reading that Malia created an entire COURSE around it called The Reading Roadmap. Malia goes all in – passing along the tools, strategies and easy-to-use system you need to give EVERY child big reading gains.

The 4-week course happens twice a year – once in May and again in October. Make sure to get your invite by adding your name to the waitlist here:

https://playdoughtoplato.lpages.co/roadmap-waitlist/

Will my principal pay for The Reading Roadmap too?

Absolutely! Your principal wants you to be able to teach reading effectively just as much as you do. Many of our teachers have had their course paid for by the principal.

Here’s a letter we created for you to make it easier for you to ask. Just print it out or copy and paste it into an email.

Do you have a STEM course?

Yes!

We offer a 5-day STEM challenge tailor-made for Pre-K, Kindergarten, First and Second Grade teachers.

You can sign up right here:

https://maliahollowell.mykajabi.com/stem-challenge

Where can I find all of your Seesaw, Google and Boom games?

If you’re a Plato Pack member, you can grab them inside the vault here or you can find them on the TPT website:

Playdough to Plato TPT store:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Playdough-To-Plato

Playdough to Plato TPT Google Games:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Playdough-To-Plato/Category/Google-Classroom-443748

Playdough to Plato TPT Seesaw Games:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Playdough-To-Plato/Category/Seesaw-443749

Can I make copies of these activities for my classroom?

When you purchase or download one of our products you get a license for one class (up to 30 students) and you’re allowed to print or email the purchased activities to the entire class.

With that said, we are always willing to consider special requests like school licenses so reach out to us by email if you’d like to chat: hello@playdoughtoplato.com

Can I share my download with a friend?

Every activity we create has copyright protection just like physical books and cannot be shared.

Instead, share the link to the URL where you found the activity so they can get their own copy.

I see black boxes when I print. Help!

We only see this happen when trying to print from a phone or a tablet. Try printing from a computer and you’ll no longer have the black boxes on your prints!

I’m having trouble with the PDF download. Can you help?

We’re always happy to help! (Technology can be finicky sometimes.) Let’s troubleshoot:

1. Make sure that you have the most current version of Adobe Reader. It’s available for FREE here:
http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

2. Open your file finder and right click (or double click) on the file in your download folder.

3. Choose OPEN WITH –> ADOBE READER.

4. You may be prompted to choose Adobe Reader as your PDF reader in the future. To avoid problems in the future, click YES.

5. If the file is editable, type your words. The font automatically shrinks and grows to fill the text box so if it’s not getting any smaller, make sure to delete any extra spaces that might be taking up room in each box.

Oh, and make sure that you’re not trying from your phone or tablet! It works best from a computer. 

I’m having trouble editing the PDF. Help!

Shoot! It’s no fun when technology isn’t playing nice. Let’s troubleshoot together:

1. Make sure that you’re not trying from your phone or tablet – it works best from a computer.

2. Check that you have the most current version of Adobe Reader. It’s available for FREE here:
http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

3. Open your file finder and right click (or double click) on the file in your download folder.

4. Choose OPEN WITH –> ADOBE READER.

5. You may be prompted to choose Adobe Reader as your PDF reader in the future. To avoid problems in the future, click YES.

6. If the file is editable, type your words. The font automatically shrinks and grows to fill the text box so if it’s not getting any smaller, make sure to delete any extra spaces that might be taking up room in each box.

7. If you’re still having problems, double check that you are working with the file that has been downloaded and saved to your computer – not the initial “preview file” that pops up. We often have customers trying to edit the preview which isn’t the same as Adobe Reader.

8. And finally, if it’s still not working, download the fonts suggested in the pack, close the file and then open a new version on Adobe.

It says I need a password to save my edits inside the PDF. What do I do?

We often find this message pop up for users when they’re not editing within Adobe.

For all of the editable files, you do NOT need a password.

In fact, you don’t want to hit “edit document” because the files are secured and it won’t allow you to edit it anyway.

When it’s an “editable file”, you just need to click on each grey box you want to change and type in the new word.

Other troubleshooting tips:

1. Make sure that you have the most current version of Adobe Reader. It’s available for FREE here:
http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

2. Open your file finder and right click (or double click) on the file in your download folder.

3. Choose OPEN WITH –> ADOBE READER.

4. You may be prompted to choose Adobe Reader as your PDF reader in the future. To avoid problems in the future, click YES.

5. Type your words. The font automatically shrinks and grows to fill the text box so if it’s not getting any smaller, make sure to delete any extra spaces that might be taking up room in each box.

I’m having trouble with the PDF download. Can you help?

We often find this message pop up for users when they’re not editing within Adobe.

For all of the editable files, you do NOT need a password.

In fact, you don’t want to hit “edit document” because the files are secured and it won’t allow you to edit it anyway.

When it’s an “editable file”, you just need to click on each grey box you want to change and type in the new word.

Other troubleshooting tips:

1. Make sure that you have the most current version of Adobe Reader. It’s available for FREE here:
http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

2. Open your file finder and right click (or double click) on the file in your download folder.

3. Choose OPEN WITH –> ADOBE READER.

4. You may be prompted to choose Adobe Reader as your PDF reader in the future. To avoid problems in the future, click YES.

5. Type your words. The font automatically shrinks and grows to fill the text box so if it’s not getting any smaller, make sure to delete any extra spaces that might be taking up room in each box.

What are the best science experiments for older kids and where can I find them?

The great thing about science is that it can be used with lots of different ages but, if we HAD to choose, these 3 egg experiments are really cool and older kids have the patience to actually wait out the three days for the liquids to work their magic.

Candy chromatography will make you look at candy coatings in a whole new way and magic balloons have a ton of wow factor.

My company would like to collaborate on a project. What should I do?

We love teaming up on projects that benefit our teaching community!

Send us an email at hello@playdoughtoplato.com.

We look forward to chatting with you!