Playdough has to be one of the top requested activities in my house so now that December is here, it’s time to put together a Christmas themed playdough station for the kids to enjoy all winter long. A playdough kit is fun for all ages and a life saver to have on hand during the busy holiday season!
During the holidays life can feel crazy for kids (and adults)–sitting down at a table full of playdough and playdough tools lets kids get creative, gives them something to concentrate on while staying busy, and can calm any child (even ones full of Christmas candy). For kids who need direction try giving them a creative challenge or add some Christmas Playdough Mats to help spark creativity. I love watching my kids practice their baking skills that they have learned from time spent in the kitchen together and seeing them use their manors as they share the playdough tools.
The nice thing about playdough is young and old (toddlers to grandparents) can sit down together and enjoy time together. If you plan on having little ones at the table I suggest making homemade playdough with ingredients found from your kitchen just in case they decide to give it a little taste. Here is our Favorite Homemade Playdough Recipe that always turns out perfect and lasts an amazingly long time!
Now it’s time for some Christmas Playdough Pretend Play:
- Playdough (red, green, brown, white, yellow, blue)
- Cookie cutters
- Plastic knives
- Rolling pins
- Baking trays
- Cupcake liners (we like the silicone ones for playdough activities)
- Plastic table clothes (optional)
- Popsicle sticks
- Glass gems
- Googly eyes
- Glitter (if you don’t mind a sparkly mess)
- I like to put a plastic table cloth on the table and on the floor to make clean up a breeze. Then lay out supplies and let children create. Simple and easy.
At the beginning of any free play activity I like to watch my kid’s and let them do whatever comes natural. If I notice they are using a tool in a way that it was not intended I will let them continue with what they are doing (as long as it is not dangerous), then when they are done I will join the activity and use the tool correctly for them to observe how to use it without verbally correcting their behavior or stifling their creativity.
I hope your kiddos enjoy making tasty pretend treats all December long!
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