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THR Words Playdough Mats – Printable Phonics Activity

This fun phonics activity is a great way to help first grade and 2nd grade students learn words that start with thr with a fun, hands-on phonics printable. This thr activities is such a fun way way for children to learn how to read and spell consonant blends.  Make learning about trigraphs and thr words fun with these THR Playdough Mats.

This fun phonics activity is a great way to help first grade and 2nd grade students learn words that start with thr with a fun, hands-on phonics printable. This thr activities is such a fun way way for children to learn how to read and spell consonant blends.  Make learning about trigraphs and thr words fun with these THR Playdough Mats.

thr words

What do the words through, throw, and three all have in common? You guessed it, they all start with the same three letters “thr”. Help grade 1 and grade 2 students learn thr words with this fun, hands-on phonics activity. These free playdough mats are such a fun phonics printables. When you put the letters “thr” in a word the combine together to make one sound…they are called trigraphs. And just like any other phonics sound, children need to paly around with them to learn the sound and recognize the letters that make that sound.  And today, I have these fun “thr” playdough mats to help children learn the trigraph “thr”

Phonics Printables

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Phonics Printable

This easy set-up is a fun phonics activity  for learning words that start with thr.  Print off pages on card stock paper. Next, laminate them or place them in sheet protectors. Finally, grab some playdough and you are ready to go.

phonics activity

Phonics Activity

These mats help elementary age students learning to read and spell words beginning with thr in a super simple to use, and so much fun spelling activity! They are a stressfree way to work on saying and reading trigraphs.

  1. To begin, introduce your child to the trigraph “thr”. Explain how these three letters are very special and work together to make one sound.
  2. Next show them the mats. You can begin by pointing to the picture and saying the word. Then point to the word and clearly say the “thr” sound and then the rest of the word. See if you child can repeat you.
  3. Now, let them shape the playdough into letters. Have them make the “thr” in one color, and the rest of the word in another color.
  4. Finally, have them read the word to you by placing their finger under the “thr” when saying that part of the word, and then moving their finger to the right as they finish saying the word.

grade 1 printables

Grade 1 Printables

Normally we just think that playdough is a fun activity for children, but it is so much more.

Did you know that when children are shaping, rolling, squishing, mashing, and squashing their playdough they are developing fine motor skills? Many children that struggle with fine motor skills have weak muscles that need to be strengthened. When we encourage our children to flatten and roll out their playdough to make the letter needed, they are strengthening their muscles.

Some children also need the sensory input that comes from playing with playdough. The touch of it, the smell of it, and the consistent movement can all meet the needs of children that need a little extra sensory input. You can even create your own playdough and add new smells to it, like this lemon recipe, to build olfactory (smell) sensory resilience.

Help your first grader improve reading and spelling with these super cute, free printable trigraph worksheets. These cut and paste worksheets for first grade and 2nd grade students help children work on the trigraphs spr, spl, str with this fun cut and paste and activity.  Trigraph Reader Spring Digraph Puzzles

Phonics Activities

playdough shape activities for preschoolers Young learners will have fun exploring with these FREE Transportation Playdough Cards to strengthening fine motor skills using playdough.

Free Playdough Mats

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Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  This fun hands-on human body for kids activity is such a fun way to learn about our amazing bodies! These free printable Human Body Playdough Mats are a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about what is inside our body. Children will make a play doh human body with these playdough mats to learn about our  bones, skeletal system, muscles, organs, play doh digestive system, and more! Use these playdough mats as part of a study of the human body for kids study with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students. Kids will love that they can add the body parts to the free playdough mats making it a truly hands on science activity. Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream

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First Grade Printables

If you have a 1st grader and you are looking for more fun, hands on grade 1 worksheets, games and activities to make learning fun – you will love these resources!

FREE Telling Time Puzzles - super cute math game to help kindergarten and first grade students learn to tell time with a clock game for kids! #mathgames #kindergarten #kindergartenmath #1stgrade #grade1math Turn practicing addition into a fun activity as children get to become detectives with these free printable Addition Crack the Code Worksheets. These are perfect for kindergarten and first grade students working on addition within 20.


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