We all know play-doh is a great activity for fine motor muscle development and creative thinking. The endless possibilities of play-doh can also keep little ones busy for longer periods of time and allow for creative, independent play.
Give your traditional play-doh recipe and play an exciting shake up by adding a holiday twist.
1. Use this simple playdoh recipe below to make a new batch and add some holiday colors, glitter, and scents.
In a large bowl mix together:
1 cup flour
⅓ cup salt
2 tsp. Cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil
Carefully pour hot water into bowl and begin mixing together
Add food coloring and optional extract for a holiday scent (cinnamon, peppermint, mint, or orange)
Mix and knead together until well blended and playdoh consistency is achieved
3. Set up your child with mats and cooled play-doh. Engage with your child for the first few minutes by demonstrating how to create balls, snake like shapes, etc, with playdoh to add to the mats.
Use the opportunity to talk about any special decor you had on your tree growing up or special holiday traditions. Show interest in how the child uses the playdoh and add to their mats.
“Wow look at all the ornaments on your tree, tell me about them!”
Once your child has the hang of it, allow for more independent play, inviting them to decorate and create whatever they want with the playdoh.
Or use one of these other mats to make other Christmas decorations.
After a quick clean up, find a spot where your child can independently access the mats and playdoh again for more open-ended, creative and independent play.
Watch this video to learn more!