Christmas Play Dough

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We love play dough and are always finding fun ways to make it at home.
Today, we added a few ingredients to one of our favorite recipes to make a variety of holiday scented play dough.  
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This recipe is really easy, requiring only 2 base ingredients & no cooking!  I am telling you-this is one homemade play dough that you really must try!  It is so easy to make and amazingly soft.  
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Christmas Play Dough Recipes

Materials
We used:

Method
  • Begin by pouring the desired amount of corn starch into a large mixing bowl.
  • We used two 16 oz boxes of corn starch, and that produced more than enough play dough for us.  You can start with less corn starch if desired- it will just yield less play dough.
  • Once the starch is settled slowly begin to mix lotion into the starch, slowing adding more lotion and mixing until the desired consistency is reached. 
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  • The mixing process can be a bit messy, but it is quite fun!  At first you may feel like the ingredients aren't coming together, but that's ok!
  • Just keep mixing.
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  • After a bit of mixing & kneading the dough will begin to form.
  • At this time remove the dough from the bowl & continue to knead it with clean, dry hands
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  • If the dough is at all sticky add a bit more corn starch and knead it in.
  • After a bit more kneading you will be left with gloriously soft, homemade play dough!
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Add cookie cutters, play dough tools, and other gadgets, and kids will find all sorts of ways to play!  

Making Christmas Play Dough

  • Now that you have your base dough you will want to divide it into bowls, using one bowl for each Christmas play dough variety that you wish to make. 
  • We divided our dough into four bowls so that we could make four play dough varieties.
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We Made:
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To make each play dough we added the desired ingredients to a bowl and mixed, adding more food coloring/scent and kneading until all ingredients were combined & the desired results were produced.
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Christmas Play Dough Play

Here are a few fun ways that kids can play with their homemade play dough:
  • Make gingerbread men.
  • Open up a pretend Christmas bakery.
  • Make & decorate play dough sugar cookies.
  • Make Christmas trees!
  • Add pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, and more.  The possibilities for what your kids can create and make are endless!
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A Few Tips:
  • If using food coloring you will want to USE A LOT to get vibrantly colored dough.  
  • Alternatively, you could use liquid watercolors in place of food coloring.
  • Liquid watercolors do not stain the skin like food coloring, & they produce super vibrant effects!
  • The watercolors that we use in our activities can be purchased on Amazon here.
  • Store your play dough in an air-tight container between play-times, and it can be used for up to 2 weeks.
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