Christmas Playdough Ideas

12 1 014‘Tis the Season for fun, festive playdough! Unique, holiday themed playdough presented in an inviting style is a great way to keep the little ones busy while you catch up on holiday preparations (or e-mail . . . or GleeĀ  . . . don’t tell me what I’ve missed since October!).

Hot Chocolate Playdough

12 1 050You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup bleached flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • mini marshmallows (for optional fun)

Basic playdough recipe from The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner.

1. Pour all of the ingredients into a small saucepan and whisk until smooth.

2. Warm over medium heat until the playdough begins to clump together. Remove the playdough from the saucepan and knead it until it is smooth.

In my opinion, hot chocolate is best served with candy canes (for stirring, of course!).

Candy Cane Playdough

12 1 005-001You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup bleached flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP peppermint extract
  • red food dye

1. Pour all of the ingredients (except for the red food dye) into a small saucepan and whisk until smooth.

2. Warm the mixture over medium heat until the playdough begins to clump together. Remove the playdough from the saucepan and knead it until it is smooth.

3. Divide the dough in half. Knead the red food dye into one half until desired tint has been obtained.

4. Twist the white and red playdough into the shape of a candy cane.

12 1 009The above recipes are our favorites, but we’ve also enjoyed the others listed below. Follow the same “cooking” instructions listed above. If the recipe calls for glitter, add it at the end when you are kneading the dough until it is smooth. Wrapped up in cellophane and presented in a beautiful way, homemade playdough makes an excellent holiday gift.

Gingerbread Playdough

  • 1 cup bleached flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1/4 TSP ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 TSP ground cloves
  • 1 TSP ground ginger
  • Optional: Brown food dye or paint if you think your dough needs to be darker

Present with gingerbread people cookie cutters, a rolling pin, and beads for decorating.

Christmas Tree Playdough

  • 1 cup bleached flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • A few drops of Pine Fragrance Oil
  • Green food coloring
  • Green glitter (optional)

Present with a Christmas tree cookie cutter and beads for decorating.

Snowflake Playdough

  • 1 cup bleached flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • White glitter

Present as stacked snowballs on a white tray. Refrigerate in advance so that the playdough feels cold, like real snow balls.

Sugar Cookie Playdough

  • 1 cup bleached flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract

Present with a variety of holiday themed cookie cutters, a rolling pin, and beads for decorating.

Spritz Cookie Playdough

  • 1 cup bleached flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP almond extract

Present with a real Spritz Cookie Press and beads for decorating.

Christmas Star Playdough

  • 1 cup bleached flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • yellow food dye
  • gold glitter

Present with a star cookie cutter, rolling pin, and a Nativity scene.

Store homemade playdough in an airtight container or a plastic bag. Throw it out when it begins to get moldy, rancid, or too dried out.

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