Here are some ways to use Play-Doh in a language classroom
- Summer activity. For the first day of school, I had my Spanish 2 students answer this question with play-doh: What did you do over the summer? I gave them 10 minutes to make their creation and then I talked about some of the play-doh activities. Since it was the first day of class, I kept the language very comprehensible and added simple personalized questions. I had my class photographer take photos of each play-doh so that we could continue the conversation during the next class. I also made a simple reading slideshow with the play-doh photos.
Weekend Chat Variation: You can have a class make what they did over the weekend with Play-doh and talk about the creations.
Added Bonus: This was a great way to re-teach colors. I pulled out each play-doh tub separately and asked in the TL: “Who wants red/blue/yellow, etc?”
- Chapter/Story Review: For a different way to check for comprehension and for reviewing a text, a class can make their favorite scene out of Play-doh. We did this in Spanish 4 with a personalized reading related to El Internado. They choose their favorite scene and made it out of Play-doh. They then talked about their creation and made a video with it and recorded it with Flipgrid. (it was my first experience with Flipgrid and I want to use it more!)
Using Play-Doh in class has been a great novel activity and the students all enjoy it!