Christmas tree play dough

My girls love play dough and today’s activity is an activity we come back to year after year. We do vary the decorations each year. For example the first year I did Christmas tree play dough, my eldest daughter was 18 months old and we kept the decorations big and chunky such as sparkly pom poms, pipe cleaners and foam shapes. This year I set this invitation to make Christmas trees from play dough for my 5 year old. I used Hama beads so that she could really work on her fine motor skills. She really enjoyed this activity which would also work for preschool children, obviously, supervision is required for children who may put the beads in their mouth.  

Christmas tree play dough

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Invitation to create Christmas tree play dough

You will need:

Play dough, yellow and green (you can purchase it ready made or make your own), find my recipe below if you decide to make it. Christmas tree cookie cutterPlay dough rolling pinStar cookie cutterHama beads for decorating  

Christmas tree play dough

  Other suggestions for decorations: Foam ShapesCake sprinklesPom pomsPipe cleanersButtonsTable sparkly decorations

Christmas tree play dough

  Set out the play dough, cookie cutters, rolling pin and decorations on a table or a tray if you want to try and contain the mess.  

Christmas tree play dough

My two had lots of fun making and decorating play dough Christmas trees. So much so that we have done this a few times already this December.  

Christmas tree play dough

How to make play dough

You will need:

1 cup of plain flour 1/2 cup salt 1 tbsb vegetable oil 1 tbsp cream of tartar 1 cup of water Green and yellow yellow food colouring, I love Wilton gel colours as they are so vibrant (you will need to make two batches, 1 green and 1 yellow)  

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a pan.
  2. Add the water and food colouring
  3. Stir to combine
  4. Put the pan on a medium heat and stir until the dough starts to come away from the sides of the pan.
  5. Allow to cool briefly before kneading until smooth

Where to next?

If you are looking for more simple Christmas crafts, have you seen our Christmas marbled paper and cards?  

Find more Christmas activities for toddlers here

Have you chosen an advent calendar yet? Find the best toddler advent calendars here.

Find 14 more fantastic sensory toys for toddlers here.

Find lots of Christmas cards for kids to make here

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Christmas Tree Play Dough

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