Scented Christmas Tree Playdough Recipe for Kids
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! We recently purchased Plant Therapy’s kid safe essential oil holiday blend and OH MY does the house smell heavenly! We’ve been making all sorts of naturally scented crafts and activities with the kids but playdough was the first on our list. You know how much we love our homemade playdough (especially scented with essential oils or spices)! 🙂 For the full recipe, as well as play ideas, continue reading below.
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What You’ll Need
- A batch or two of our one-pot playdough
- Plant Therapy kid safe holiday blend essential oils
- Green food coloring
- Christmas tree cookie cutter
- Gems, stones, buttons, beads, pom poms, or other similar items to decorate your playdough Christmas trees
What to Do
Making the Playdough
Begin by making a batch or two (we typically make one batch per child) of our one-pot playdough. This is our tried and true recipe that is super easy to make. After you’ve made your playdough, allow it to cool a few minutes and then carefully plop it onto a sheet of parchment paper. While it cools, you can take out your additional supplies needed for this Christmas tree playdough activity and place them in your divided tray.
Once your playdough has cooled enough to handle, simply make a bit of an indentation in your playdough, add some green food coloring in the middle of your playdough, and fold your playdough over and over until the coloring has been incorporated. We typically wear disposable gloves while coloring playdough, just to keep our hands from coming out rainbow colored, but if you don’t have any on hand, you could always place the playdough (along with the food coloring that you’ve just added) on a piece of plastic wrap and use the plastic wrap as a sort of shield while you fold the food coloring into the playdough. Once your playdough has been dyed, add in several drops of Christmas tree essential oil and fold it in as you did with the food coloring.
Christmas Tree Playdough Playtime!
Once your playdough has been colored and scented, place it into your divided tray, along with the other materials, and invite your child to play. We made a simple invitation to play and set out some glass stones, pom poms, rolling pins, cookie cutters, and gems. Miss 7 decorated her trees with the glass stones. So fun!
Related: Gingerbread playdough recipe
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