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Learning Verbs with Play-Doh!

Written By: Kaitlin Bednarz M.S., CCC-SLP


Play-Doh is the way to go! At Jump Start Pediatric Therapy Center, there is a 99.9% chance that there is Play-Doh somewhere in your child’s therapy room! There are so many ways to use Play-Doh to target speech and language goals and today we’re going to focus on verbs!


The next time your child pulls out Play-Doh, you can practice these verbs:

  • Roll

    • Roll the Play-Doh into ball or other shapes

    • Roll the Play-Doh across the table to each other

    • Use a rolling pin to roll the Play-Doh into a flat shape

  • Push

    • Push the Play-Doh down onto the table

    • Push the shape cutters into the Play-Doh

  • Smash

    • After making balls, smash the Play-Doh into flat pieces

  • Pull and Stretch

    • Pull the Play-Doh to break into smaller pieces

    • Stretch Play-Doh to make bigger before using shape cutters

  • Cut

    • Using tools, such as a safe play knife, cut the Play-Doh into different shapes and designs

  • Shake

    • After putting the shape cutters into the Play-Doh, practicing shaking the cutter to help separate the outside Play-Doh

  • Throw/Catch

    • Throw and catch Play-Doh balls back and forth

  • Open/Close

    • Target to request for opening/closing the Play-Doh container

    • You can target this more than once by only taking a little bit of Play-Doh out at a time


Let us know in the comments what your child’s favorite Play-Doh activity is!


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