All of the Christmas activities for kids we’ve done, nothing engages my kids quite like Christmas sensory activities. So making Christmas play dough was the perfect way to engage my kids in some sensory play while getting them in the Christmas spirit.
What is Christmas play dough you ask? Well, it’s play dough with Christmas colors and Christmas scents accompanied by Christmas tools and trinkets to enhance the fun!
For this activity, I whipped up a batch of gluten-free play dough so that QBoy, who is sensitive to gluten, would be able to join in the fun. I added green coloring and a bit of peppermint scented oil to give the play dough a Christmas-y feel. Then I put it on the table with our Christmas cookie cutters, some bendable Christmas figurines, and a tray with buttons, sequins, googly eyes, and beads.
The kids were so excited! QBoy started by making some clothing for his reindeer.
But then the clothes came off and Mr. Reindeer got some new eyes instead.
XGirl decided to make a bed for her snowman.
Eventually the kids decided to explore some of the other materials as well. XGirl enjoyed pushing some buttons into her play dough.
QBoy enjoyed decorating his play dough with beads. (I won’t be mentioning how many beads I had to pick up off the floor when this activity was done!)
Grandmum even got into the action by making a lovely holly leaf.
And eventually, the kids decided to serve everyone some peppermint tea.
So no, there was no masterpiece to show off at the end of this activity. My kids, ages 3 and 3.5, are not yet at a stage where they care about creating an end product. Thus, when I plan activities for them, I focus more on the process rather than the product.
With this Christmas play dough activity, my kids spent nearly two hours using their imagination, strengthening their fine motor skills, and having a blast with myself and their Grandmum. And in the end, that is much more important than anything they might have decided to make. 🙂
More Christmas resources
More Christmas posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Grow a Christmas tree sponge
- Christmas Montessori activities
- Q-tip painted Christmas tree
- Paper plate reindeer craft
- Christmas sensory bin
- Cinnamon Christmas ornaments
- Candy cane experiment
- Christmas game: What’s in the bag?
- Christmas Printables Pack
- Christmas Bingo
- Christmas do-a-dot printables
- Christmas gingerbread man templates