Welcome to the 5th Day of our 12 Days of Christmas Playdough series. Over the last few weeks and next week, we are sharing a dozen of my favourite Christmas playdough ideas that I created using the Christmas Sensory Mix and Match Activity Planner.
Today’s post describes our latest Christmas Wreath Inspired Playdough activity and a simple but cute Plasticine Wreath Craft! You can do both activities with your child, or pick one. Either way – they are guaranteed to have fun. Onetime, my 3 year old son, was so proud of his hanging wreath!
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Recipe and Supplies for Wreath Playdough Activity:
- 2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- Green food colouring (I like Wilton for the vibrant colours – we used Kelly Green)
- Variety of things to decorate the wreath (green coloured rice, buttons, beads, bells, glass gems, confetti, beaded strings, plastic stars, felt bows, etc.)
- Old or unused CDs
Playdough Preparation and Play:
- To make the playdough, mix all the dry ingredients well in a pot. Add the oil and water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the dough is sticky but not wet.
- Remove the dough to a cutting board and let it cool for a minute or two. Knead the dough until smooth, and add green food colouring. Store in an airtight plastic bag or container.
- If you want to make green rice for “pine needles” – see the bottom of this post for the very simple instructions.
- Show your child how to use the green playdough to cover the CD to make a wreath.
- If your child is not sure what a wreath looks like – find a picture online or in a book. We looked at the one on our front door.
- Now bring out the decorations and invite your child to decorate the wreath!
Recipe and Supplies for Wreath Craft:
- An old or unused CD
- Plasticine in different colours of green
- Green, red, or gold string/ribbon to hang CD wreath
- The same decorative items mentioned above for the playdough activity
- To make it easier to get your child started, pull off small chunks of plasticine.
- Show your child how to stick the plasticine onto the CD and smooth the pieces together.
- Encourage your child to cover the CD.
- Show them the decorative objects and invite them to add anything they’d like to their wreath. You may need to help your child push the objects into the plasticine so that they stay there.
- Cut some string (maybe 8-10″) and tie it through the middle of the CD wreath to hang. We hung ours on the Christmas tree!
Related Christmas Reading
As a teacher, I try and use just about any new experience to teach my son! Before we played with the Christmas Wreath Playdough and Craft, I read a related Christmas story to him to spark his imagination.
I chose to read my son Barbara Reid’s version of The Night Before Christmas because it’s a classic poem, but also because the illustrations are made with plasticine!
I met Barbara Reid once and her artistic process is SO COOL! She basically makes these huge plasticine artworks, then photographs them for her books.
In any rate – Barbara has a great sense of humour and her illustrated version of this poem shows a hilarious Christmas Eve in a house of mice! The story even has a mouse Santa Claus. Onetime loved it and the pictures made him chuckle! It was the perfect intro to a plasticine craft.
That’s it for Day 5: Christmas Tree Inspired Playdough! I hope you give this a try and your child enjoys it! If you’re looking for other Christmas kids’ crafts and activities, be sure to follow our Pinterest board: Follow One Time Through’s board Christmas on Pinterest.
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