I started using Play-doh with my second-grade students last year as a form of word work and they love it. There is something about the smell of it (personally I like it, I think because it brings back memories of being young) and there is just something about that squishy texture that is so great. As a district, we started using Journeys from HMH for our reading curriculum this year. Each week my students get a new set of spelling words which we cut out and keep in a pocket I have taped to their desk. We had these old library book pockets that I found in a cupboard that worked perfectly. One of the authors of this program is Dr. Shane Templeton who coauthored Words Their Way. I used that program for my spelling supplement last year, so was excited about the new curriculum. Anyway – this is our Monday morning seat work, while I am taking attendance and we are waiting for our morning announcements, we make our new words out of Play-doh. The students love it and it is a great way to introduce the new words to them, not to mention the muscle memory benefits. I bought a big colorful set at Walmart on sale. Open a can of Play-doh and see if you don’t agree with me about that smell 🙂 Happy Monday!