Okay, you may be thinking, “Haven’t they already made play dough?” Yes, we have! But the kids are still loving it, and they are genuinely excited to smell and play with each new batch. This is our last batch of holiday play dough (I think).
Once again we started with a basic play dough recipe. To give it a little holiday touch, we added some peppermint extract, red food coloring, and red glitter. Many other recommend adding glycerine to give homemade play dough it more shine, and I really wish we had some on hand for this batch. It smells lovely and has a great texture, but I wish it had a little more shine.
I changed out our cookie cutters and added a few different decorations for the kids to use. Then they got busy…and they played for quite a while.
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Tinker loves to push beads into play dough, and she will usually choose them over any other decoration if they are out.
Lovey made a whole batch of Christmas baked goods. She was especially proud of her “raspberry muffins,” and she wanted me to be sure to take a picture for Mimi (the baker in our family).
There are many more terrific ideas in this Montessori-Inspired Christmas Play Dough Activities post from Living Montessori Now.
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The 169-page Christmas Lesson Plan Set includes hands-on activities and these additional printables:
1) Beginning Letters Gift Sorting Game (in color and b/w)
2) Reindeer Math Mats (2 versions in color and b/w)
3) My Christmas Senses Activity Book Making Pieces
4) 0-35 Christmas Number Cards (2 versions in color and b/w)
5) Christmas Counting Syllables Sorting Game (in color and b/w)
6) Christmas Picture-Word Cards (in color and b/w)
7) Ornament Play Dough Mats
8) Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Task Cards (shapes, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, number 0-20)
9) Christmas Light Patterns Activity Pieces (in color and b/w)
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Kristina @ School Time Snippets
Mmm… love the smell of peppermint! We made a batch a couple years ago, but it wasn’t as festive as yours because my son wanted it to be a purple color and we ended up with a bluish-gray! I love your Advent activities, too– pinned so hopefully I can get ours together today! Advent starts TOMORROW!! Ah!