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THR Words Playdough Mats – Printable Phonics Activity

This fun thr words phonics activity is a great way to help first grade and 2nd grade students learn words that start with thr. This fun, hands-on phonics printable is an easy 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. Simply print thr words for kids and you are ready to play and learn about words beginning with thr.

This fun thr words phonics activity is a great way to help first grade and 2nd grade students learn words that start with thr. This fun, hands-on phonics printable is an easy 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. Simply print thr words for kids and you are ready to play and learn about words beginning with thr.

thr words phonics

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”

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thr words for kids

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.

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words that start with thr

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.

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words starting with thr

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.

Words beginning with thr

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.

Make practicing digraphs fun with this super cute, free printable Digraph Bingo. This Digraph game is a fun bingo game perfect for helping elementayr age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade practicing learning digraphs with a fun twist!  Simply print the phonics game pdf file with the and you are ready to play and learn with a digraph activity!  digraph board game for working on sh, ch, th words ice cream digraph game for summer learning Teach digraphs for kids with these super cute, free printable digraph puzzles. This digraph activity is perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students who are working on reading and spelling more complex words. This phonics activity allows students to work on ph, th, ch, gu, wh, and sh digraphs. Simply print pdf file with digraph printables to use in color or in black and white.

Digraph Activities

As children progress in phonics they work on digraphs and blends. Digraphs are two consonants that make one sound such as /TH/ sys thumb. Consonant blends have two constonants that each still make their own sound such as . If you are looking for more blends for kids games, worksheets, and activities? Check out these resoures or see all our digraph activities or consonant activities.

Trigraph Reader 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 activity playdough mats Make learning trigraphs fun with these free trigraph worksheets that students will complete with bingo daubers! Your first grade and 2nd grade students will have fun completing these phonics worksheets to improve reading and spelling using these do a dot printables to work on trigraphs scr, shr, and squ. 

Trigraph Activities

Mastered digraphs? Move on to trigraphs for kids! These words are 3 constonants that make one sound such at

Grab these no prep, FREE printable Ending Blends Worksheets to help your first grader learn phonics skills that will help them become better reading and spelling. Are you looking for a fun way for your first grader to practice Ending Blends? This fun phonics game is a great way to help improve skills to become better readers and spellers. This FREE printable s blends activity is a fun way to help teaching children to read. Simply print the pdf file, read the words, and clip the answer.

Consonant blends activities

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FREE Alphabet Playdough Mats - these free printable alphabet printables are SO CLEVER! Use playdough to form alphabet letters and then complete the picture with playdough or by coloring for a fun activity to not only learn the alphabet, but to strengthen fine motor skills to for toddler, preschool, prek, kindergarten, and first grade.  playdough shape activities for preschoolers Make working on number sense FUN for kids with these super cute, gumball number playdough mats. These free printable playdough mats include practice counting  gumballs, adding gumballs to the ten frame, seeing various ways of representing that number, a place to make the numeral out of play doh, and a line to trace numbers 1-10. These number mats are outrageously fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first graders. Simply print pdf file with tracing numbers printables and you are ready to play and learn! FREE Pets Play Dough Mats

Free Playdough Mats

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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. kids will have fun practicing counting to 20 with this watermelon seed playdough mats perfect for summer math with preschoolers   ice cream patterns for kids

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