Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Play Dough - 4 Delicious 'Flavors'

I love the holidays but part of what makes them so amazing is all the aromas that elicit memories of childhood, innocence and fun.  And what defines childhood more than play dough?  So, I say, let's combine the two and have ourselves a Merry little Christmas!

A basic play dough recipe goes like this. But why keep things basic when you can make them extraordinary? Below are four ideas for play dough that will put the spirit (or at least the smell) of the holidays into your home or classroom and delight children young and old alike.

Play Dough Recipe:

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. oil
1 cup water
food coloring

  1. Mix first 3 ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Add the water and oil, mix well.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes.
  4. Dough is done when it starts to clump and becomes difficult to stir.
  5. Turn out the dough onto parchment paper and knead for 5 minutes adding the food coloring during the kneading process.
*Play dough will keep for a long time if stored in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.

Peppermint Play Dough:

Amy at The Idea Room shares her recipe for Peppermint Play Dough. She even has free printable labels that you can make at home to decorate your own jars. Can you imagine the kids' surprise when they get that first smell of peppermint?

Peppermint Playdough Recipe
Image & Idea: The Idea Room

Candy Cane Play Dough:

Jean from The Artful Parent took it one step further and created both red and white versions of her peppermint play dough and layered them to create Candy Cane Play dough. So adorable!

Candy Cane Playdough recipe
Image & Idea: The Artful Parent

Sparkly Snow White Play Dough:

What is more wintry than snow? By adding glitter to your basic play dough recipe you can turn it into a snowy masterpiece. It's as simple as that!

Sparkly White Snow Playdough recipe
Image & Idea: Bird & Little Bird

Gingerbread Play Dough:

This is the pinnacle of holiday play dough for me because I can already imagine the delicious aroma filling the room when it is being kneaded and turned into play dough wonderful play dough creations. Really, does it get any more Christmas-ey than gingerbread?

Sweet Sugarbelle's recipe starts out the same as the others but has a few spicy add-ins to give your play dough that gingerbread-y look and smell.

Gingerbread Playdough Recipe
Image & Idea: The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

All of these play dough recipes are perfect to give as gifts.  Mix up some batches for friends, teachers and to take as hostess gifts when you visit friends with young kids.  Enjoy!

What other holiday Play dough recipe would you like to see?


  1. What a fun idea! I had never thought of making scented playdoh. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Thanks for the recipes! I too never thought about scented playdoh (I do make my own for my kids but it doesn't have any scent) - the kids would love it especially for the holidays!


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