O, Holy Night is one of my very favourite Christmas carols. I’ve been known to sing it at the top of my lungs without end for days! (Well…I might be exaggerating a little bit, but you get the idea).
When I caught myself singing it the other day to Onetime, my 3 year old son, I realized that I could use this as inspiration for the next playdough in our 12 Days of Christmas Playdough series. And so today’s idea was born (how appropriate!)
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Today’s playdough invitation includes the recipe for Holy Night inspired playdough, as well as ideas for play, and a recommendation for some reading to accompany play (because we like to learn as well as have fun here at One Time Through!)
Recipe and Supplies:
- 2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- Yellow and blue food colouring (I like Wilton for the vibrant colours – we used Lemon Yellow and Royal Blue)
- Silver and gold glitter (optional)
- A variety of objects inspired by the nativity – including angel ornaments, little churches, stars, miniature plastic musical instruments, even a baby Jesus if you like! We gathered most of our objects at the dollar store.
- Angel and star cookie cutters
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 split it into thirds. Add in silver glitter into one third, yellow food colouring and gold glitter (optional) into another third, and blue food colouring into the last third. Store in separate airtight plastic bags or containers.
Present this dough to your child with all the Holy Night nativity objects that you have gathered beside the dough and let them explore!
Much of Onetime’s exploration with this playdough centered around making imprints of the different objects. He really liked a large gold plastic star and I noticed he was comparing its imprint with stars that he cut out with the cookie cutters. Musical instrument imprints were also popular.
After playing with his Holy Night playdough, and talking to him about the objects I provided, I soon realized that Onetime didn’t really know what an angel was, and he had forgotten the importance of the Christmas star from last year. Can’t blame him – as he was only two the last time we read about Christmas!
So we decided to read our family copy of The Littlest Angel. This classic Christmas tale follows the story of a little angel who is homesick for Earth. After being given a box full of some mementos from his time as a boy on Earth, he cheers up.
On the very first Christmas Eve when baby Jesus is born, the littlest angel gives his cherished box to Jesus as a gift. God is so impressed with this gift that he turns it into the star of Bethlehem.
When Onetime returned to playing with his Holy Night playdough again after reading the story, his play changed to reflect his new understanding of the symbols.
Suddenly the angels, who were pretty much ignored before, now had little voices and were little characters. The baby Jesus received gifts of playdough pies and was even swaddled in sparkly silver playdough!
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