I just love Christmas! In Vienna, the famous Christmas markets have just started so it’s really hard not to get into the spirit of things. Whilst we have held off on decorating the house, preparing for festive activities has been in full swing. This play dough box is the perfect activity for little ones to try.
You will need:
Christmas spice play dough:
- Christmas spice mix – which you can read about here.
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
- 1 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- 1 cups of cooled boiled water – added gradually
Coconut play dough:
This recipe was made previously and can be found here. Alternatively, double the quantities shown here, then divide the dough in half BEFORE adding the spice mixes.
What to do:
As with every single batch of play dough featured on this page, this is a no-cook recipe which should take no more than 10 minutes to make. We choose this method because Z helps me with every part of the process – it has become our thing to do together.
Start by mixing all of the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl, then add the sunflower oil. Once combined, GRADUALLY add the cooled boiled water and mix together. You want to make sure the dough isn’t too sticky so don’t add all of the water at once!
Next knead the dough until the mix is fully combined. We tend to get it out of the mixing bowl for this part to really make sure everything has come together. If you think it’s too dry, add a little more water or if it’s too sticky, add a spoonful or more of flour.
If you are making this as part of a bigger batch of scents, then add the festive spice or coconut at the end, otherwise it can be added with the dry ingredients from the start.
Due to the small parts that feature in the box, this would typically be an age 3+ activity. However, the making process can be done from a much younger age – Z and I started making play dough together when she was around 2 years old.
As always, you know your own child best but supervision is required with any homemade play activity.
I’m forever talking about the benefits of play dough – even more so when it’s homemade by the children!
- Sensory Play – play dough hits most of the 5 senses (except taste)
- Language development – naming colours, scents, objects
- Hand strength and fine motor – manipulating the play dough
- Creative thinking – control over the direction of play
- Numeracy – weighing and counting measurements, dividing the dough
- Imaginary Play – e.g. turning in to a small world or scene
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