I love homemade playdough and try to make sure we always have some on hand.
One of the great things about play dough is that it is so simple to change the experience by changing the accessories. Playdough Sensory and Color and Animal Print Playdough are two great examples. You can also add free printable Christmas playdough mats.
Winter is a great time to have a little extra fun with playdough and playdough accessories. Does anyone want to build a snowman?
Easy Peppermint Playdough
What you need: Playdough (Try out the best no-cook playdough recipe you can make with (or without!) a stand mixer), peppermint extract
Swap the peppermint out with Ground Cloves Playdough Recipe to extend this activity.
Tip #1 – The recipe that I followed asks for the peppermint extract to be added after the playdough is made. I added it while the playdough was cooking and liked that better. (I used about 2 teaspoons.)
Tip #2 – For those of you who would rather not make your own play dough, store-bought can be transformed into a sensory wonderland as well! (I had to add quite a bit more of peppermint extract to cover the store bought smell, but it did work!)
Christmas Playdough Accessories
Getting creative with playdough accessories is fun! For this project, I wanted to include everything the kids would need to build snowmen as well as some extra Christmas goodies.
- Felt cut into scarves.
- Acorn tops.
- Plastic candy canes. (The little ones pictured above were part of a candy cane chain. I just cut them apart. We used the beads that connected them too.)
- Plastic snowflakes.
- Glitter. (Glitter is not my favorite, but I can handle it when it’s tucked neatly into playdough. Let your little one sprinkle it straight onto the playdough and knead it in. All the sparkle, none of the glitter mess.)
Do you have any Christmas playdough accessory ideas to add?
This post originally appeared on December 11, 2011 as a part of Creative Christmas Countdown.