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Christmas Play Dough Kit

We are loving homemade play dough kits – after the success of our mermaid play dough kit that we gave out at Miss G’s mermaid birthday party, I knew that putting together some Christmas play dough kits for the kids would be a hit!

Homemade Christmas Play Dough Kit - a fun and useful homemade gift for kids, this homemade play dough kit engages fine motor muscles and creativity at the same time! Super easy and cheap to put together if you're making gifts for a large group or party

I love creating homemade play dough kits that offer several ways to play and enjoy the gift. By including open-ended materials that children can imagine and re-use in many different ways, you can facilitate hours of play with a simple kit!

How to make a homemade play dough kit

Materials to Make Your Own Christmas Play Dough Kit

  • Double batch of play dough, divided in four, coloured and scented
  • Any open-ended mix-ins you have on hand: pipe cleaners, googly eyes, pom poms, coloured rice or barley, etc.
  • Cookie cutters
  • If giving as a gift, include a note with how to make more homemade play dough so the parents can replace the play dough when it is all done – and also, to check for allergens

We used peppermint scent for the green (pine would also be nice if you could find something gentle on hands), cinnamon extract for the red play dough, vanilla for the white, and a blend of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger for the brown “gingerbread” play dough.

Homemade Christmas Play Dough Kit - a fun and useful homemade gift for kids, this homemade play dough kit engages fine motor muscles and creativity at the same time! Super easy and cheap to put together if you're making gifts for a large group

These play dough kits make a great homemade gift, and while I sent one home with each of my daycare kids, I also presented all of the components on a tray (Montessori even with play dough!) for an easy afternoon activity.

I loved watching how the children all interpreted the materials differently and came up with different ways to use them, engaging their creativity and fine motor muscles at the same time.

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One child saw the opportunity to develop her pincer grip (essential for holding a pencil) by pushing the pipe cleaner into a mound of play dough, and then worked on her hand strength by rolling it out with a rolling pin.

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One child very adeptly identified the gingerbread dough by smelling all of the doughs and calling on his scent memory to figure out what types of doughs were on offer. He then figured out how to use the other mix-ins to decorate his gingerbread man.

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And of course, my little chef Miss G decided to play bake shop!

There are so many ways to play with this homemade Christmas play dough kit, and my kids just loved them – I hope yours do, too!

Check out these other fun Christmas busy bag ideas from my fellow kids’ activity bloggers:

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18 fun Christmas activities for kids. Math games, fine motor projects, ABC activities... lots of Christmas ideas!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Christmas Tree Counting Fine Motor Activity // Sugar Aunts

Fine Motor and Color Sorting Christmas Trees // Teach Me Mommy

Christmas I Spy Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing

Christmas Tree Counting Number Cards // Modern Preschool

Christmas Playdough Kit // Study At Home Mama

Reusable Pom Pom Christmas Tree Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering

Free Printable Christmas Games // Life Over Cs

Free Gingerbread CVC Game // The Kindergarten Connection

DIY Christmas Tic Tac Toe // Adventures of Adam

Free Christmas Number Clip Cards // Fairy Poppins

Free Christmas Themed Prewriting Practice Cards // Stay At Home Educator

Felt Christmas Tree Number Match Up // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Christmas Stocking Matching Activity // Play & Learn Everyday

Free Printable Holiday Word Clouds // Lalymom

Christmas Addition to 15 // Liz’s Early Learning Spot

Free Christmas Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato

Christmas Stamp Patterns // Still Playing School

Christmas Tree Decorating Felt Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons

 

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