Why not explore Christmas theme sensory play with our easy homemade playdough? Kids love hands-on play, and playdough works for a variety of ages.  Add this Christmas playdough recipe to your Christmas activities, and you will have something fun to whip up this holiday! Plus, make sure to get your free printable Christmas Tree playdough mats!


Easy Christmas Sensory Activities

Playdough is an excellent addition to your preschool Christmas activities! Even create a busy box from a ball of homemade Christmas playdough, a small rolling pin, and accessories for cutting out Christmas shapes.

Every now and then, I love to throw together a brand fun theme playdough recipe for a morning’s sensory play session. We don’t often buy playdough from the store these days.

This is a pliable, soft, and easy playdough recipe for Christmas play. Why not add scented oils to your playdough to enhance the sensory play? You can add Christmas spices like cinnamon powder or clove oil for a calming Christmas playdough activity for the kids!

Math activities for preschoolers with Christmas playdough.Pin

More Easy Playdough Recipes

There are so many fun variations of playdough to make and enjoy with young kids. Here are a few of our favorites…

Free Printable Christmas Playdough Mats

Grab our free printable Math worksheets below to practice numbers 1 to 10 with Christmas playdough…

Christmas Playdough Recipe

Also try our gingerbread playdough for a fun alternative!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Green food coloring
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STEP 1:   Add the flour, salt, and cream of tartar to a medium mixing bowl and mix well.  Set aside.

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STEP 2:    Add the water and vegetable oil to a medium saucepan. Heat until boiling and then remove from the stove top.

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STEP 3:  Add a few drops of green food coloring to the liquid.

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STEP 4:    Then add the flour mixture to the hot water and stir continuously until a stiff ball of dough forms.

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STEP 5: Remove the dough from the pan. Once cool knead your playdough until it is soft and pliable.  


How To Use Your Christmas Playdough

Create Playdough Ornaments

Add some Christmas theme cookie cutters or small molds in the shape of holiday symbols (stars, bells, angels). Kids can use these tools to create their own playdough ornaments, which can be displayed or hung with a ribbon.

Our cinnamon salt dough recipe is also a fun way for kids to make their own ornaments!

Santa’s Workshop Small World Play

Set up a small world play scene using playdough. Children can create Santa, elves, presents, and other Christmas-themed elements. Encourage imaginative play as they bring the scene to life using their playdough characters.

Make Playdough Wreaths

Flatten the green Christmas playdough and use a round cookie cutter or playdough tools to cut out wreath shapes. Kids can then embellish their playdough wreaths with tiny bows, beads, or other decorative items.

Craft Playdough Grinches

Use the playdough to shape small Grinch characters. Add details like eyes, a mischievous smile, and even tiny Santa hats using red playdough.

Check out more fun Grinch activities here!

Decorate a Playdough Christmas Tree

Provide various decorations such as small pom-poms, beads, and sequins. Let the children roll and shape the playdough into a Christmas tree, and then decorate it with the festive embellishments.


More Fun Christmas Play Ideas

Love sensory play? Check out our list of Christmas sensory activities!

Printable Playdough Recipes Pack

If you want an easy-to-use printable resource for all your favorite playdough recipes, including this one, and exclusive (only available in this pack) playdough mats, grab our printable Playdough Project Pack!

  • Homemade Playdough Recipes including traditional, no-cook, super soft, and even taste-safe ideas!
  • Playdough Mats with an Early Learning Theme, including space, seasons, volcanos, bees, and more!
  • Playdough tips, tricks, and ideas!

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