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November 28, 2013

Christmas Playdough Recipe

Christmas Recipe for Play - Christmas Scented Playdough

Christmas Playdough Recipe - How to make super soft playdough that captures the essence of Christmas!

As the sun goes down on this Thanksgiving day it's officially time to retire our fall playdough and whip up a batch of Christmas playdough to get into the holiday spirit!  Of course playdough has nothing to do with the spirit of Christmas, but studies have proven that the sense of smell triggers memories and emotions.  For this reason we engage in seasonal sensory play throughout the year, and you can expect several Christmas recipes for play from us this month.  One of the easiest ways to incorporate scented sensory play into each season is by making scented playdough!  It's easy, and it lasts for the whole season and often far beyond.  Our Christmas playdough recipe is our softest playdough yet, thanks to some tips from my readers!

How to Make Christmas Playdough

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Base Recipe Ingredients:
  • flour
  • salt
  • cream of tartar
  • cooking oil
  • boiling water
How to make vanilla scented playdough that is super soft!

Directions:  For each recipe I combined 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in my Kitchenaid mixer.  I use the dough hook and mix the ingredients on a medium low speed.  I add 3/4 cup boiling water at the same time I add liquid watercolors and glitter.  Then I leave the Kitchenaid to do its magic and knead the dough.  Occasionally I have to scrape the sides of the mixer with a spatula.

If you do not have a Kitchenaid mixer mix all the ingredients in a bowl then add the boiling water.  Once cool enough to touch, knead with your hands.  Also, put a Kitchenaid mixer on your Christmas list.  :)

Homemade pine scented sparkle playdough for Christmas sensory play.

White:  I added 1-2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.  I didn't measure.  I also added a small amount of white liquid watercolor paint.  This isn't necessary, but it makes the white a true white.

Green:  I used a couple drops of pine essential oil and combined lime and green liquid watercolor paint to get the shade I desired.  Food coloring can also be used.

Red:  I put a couple drops of peppermint essential oil in the mix.  I used a lot of red food coloring to get the vibrant red I wanted.  Due to the amount of liquid I added, I needed to put another 1/4 cup of flour in this batch.

I used Make it Glitter from Discount School Supply in all the batches.  I just kept adding it until I liked the amount of shimmer.  Regular glitter can also be used.

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More Christmas ideas:

Candy Cane Puffy Paint - How to make homemade peppermint scented puffy paint to make some cool Christmas art  Christmas sensory play for kids that looks just like a candy cane without the sticky mess!


  1. I'm about to make some Christmas playdough this weekend and forgot all about adding some scent...thank you for the idea...and a Kitchenaid mixer has been on my wishlist for awhile now!

  2. Pine! I've never done that one and I would bet it's anti-bacterial, too. Perfect for this time of year!

  3. How big of a batch does this recipe make?

    1. Roughly two cups of playdough? Maybe a little more or a little less.

  4. What is another substitute for cream of tartar?

    1. You can try a little lemon juice. The cream of tartar is what preserves the dough and lets it last longer.


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