Why does it take pirates a long time to learn the alphabet? Because they are always at C (sea). One way to practice letters is with play-dough. This helps for all kids, but especially for those who learn best by touch as opposed to visual or verbal learners. Roll out the barrel, er, I mean roll out some long ropes of playdough and help your little one with letters. What letter starts your munchkin’s name? Can s/he spell STOP? What letter starts pirate and play-dough? Play-dough is also great for practicing cutting. It’s easy to snip and then smoosh back together. If you are making your own playdough, maybe use yellow coloring to make pirate gold. Playdough-an inexpensive but valuable treasure. What’s your favorite recipe?