Winter can be so dull. Sometimes you just need to add a bit of sparkle. This Winter Wonderland play dough was inspired by the kid’s Frozen obsession. With three girls it is still wildly popular here. Adding a bit of sparkle is always a hit.
For this month’s play dough sensory station I made winter wonderland play dough and added some winter-themed cookie cutters I found on Christmas clearance.
Make your own Winter Wonderland playdough
Playdough is one of the many things you should never buy premade. If it dries out, the kids mix it onto a multi-colored blob and somehow you manage to hold back the tears of frustration as you throw the dough in the trash.
Making it yourself you only spend a few cents a batch and can sit back and relax while you invite your child to create.
Our favorite go to no-cook playdough recipe
:: 1 cup flour
:: 1/4 cup salt
:: 1/4 cup oil
:: 1/3 cup water
:: 1 tablespoon aluminum-free cream of tarter
:: 1 small tube of blue glitter
How to make this winter wonderland glitter playdough
Mix everything together until a smooth doughy texture. Store in an airtight container. Add a few drops of water as it begins to dry out. Store in the refrigerator for an extended storage life.
Want more Frozen themed fun? Why not check out this Frozen inspired sugar scrub?
Ways to have fun with this play dough
Playdough is a versatile and entertaining material that can be used for a wide range of activities. Here are some fun and creative things you can do with playdough:
Sculpting: Use playdough to create sculptures of animals, people, objects, or imaginative creatures. This can be a great way to develop fine motor skills and creativity.
Playdough Puzzles: Create shapes or objects and then cut them into pieces. Challenge kids to put the pieces back together like a puzzle.
Playdough Pizza Parlor: Roll out the playdough and let kids make their own pizzas with various toppings. This is a great activity for imaginative play.
Letter and Number Formation: Use playdough to shape letters and numbers. This helps with early literacy and numeracy skills.
Imprint Nature Objects: Go on a nature walk and collect leaves, twigs, and other small items. Press them into the playdough to create unique textures and designs.
Playdough Animals: Shape playdough into different animal forms. Add details like eyes, ears, and tails to make them come to life.
Mini Playdough Worlds: Create small scenes or worlds using playdough. This could be a beach scene with shells and sea creatures, or a miniature garden with flowers and bugs.
Playdough Monsters: Encourage kids to create their own unique monsters with different shapes, colors, and features.
Playdough Color Mixing: Provide different colored playdough and let kids experiment with mixing them to create new colors.
Playdough Beads: Roll small pieces of playdough into beads and string them onto a piece of yarn or dental floss to make a bracelet or necklace.
Playdough Stamps: Press stamps or textured objects into the playdough to create interesting patterns and shapes.
Playdough Mosaics: Roll out flat sheets of playdough and use small pieces to create mosaic-style designs or pictures.
Playdough Pretend Cooking: Mold playdough into different food shapes and arrange them to create a playdough meal.
Playdough Aliens or Robots: Challenge kids to make imaginative extraterrestrial beings or futuristic robots.
Fingerprint Art: Press fingers or thumbs into the playdough to create patterns or make little characters.