I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! We are buzzing with excitement around here now that we have started decorating the tree and making Christmas crafts. We had a lot of fun this weekend reading a cute book by new author Tara Knudson. She was kind enough to send us a copy of her amazing board book Christmas Cookie Day. We haven’t started baking cookies yet, but the book inspired us to do this Christmas Cookie Play Dough Activity. The play dough recipe is super easy and smells heavenly!
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It’s Day 4 and we are sharing Kids Christmas Craft Ideas!
CHRISTMAS COOKIE PLAY DOUGH ACTIVITY
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To get started with this fun activity, you need to make the play dough first. It’s really easy to make. We based this recipe on our Homemade Glitter Play Dough Recipe we made back in the spring.
Christmas Cookie Play Dough
- 1 cup Flour
- 1/4 cup Salt
- 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 cup Water
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable or Canola Oil
- 1 tsp Almond Extract
- 1 Tbsp Glitter optional
Add the first five ingredients to a saucepan and stir them together.
Heat on the stove at medium low heat.
Add in the Almond Extract as mixture starts to heat up.
Continue stirring until the mixture forms a large clump of dough. This will take 3 - 5 minutes.
Let dough cool before kneading in the glitter.
Once I had the play dough made, I set up our crafting tray. I added cookie cutters from Dollar Tree, Christmas colored beads, play dough tools, and sprinkles. Graylie had the best time rolling out the dough and cutting out all the fun holiday shapes!
As we cut out all the “cookies”, we also decorated them with the beads and sprinkles. She loved how the dough smelled too. I was actually a little surprised by how much it actually resembled cookie dough. If you don’t have almond extract, I think vanilla would also work. You could even try sprinkling in a little cinnamon.
This definitely put us in the holiday baking spirit! If you haven’t read Christmas Cookie Day!, I highly recommend checking it out. There is even a recipe for cookies on the back cover that I can’t wait to try. We are looking forward to baking our cookies within the next couple of weeks.
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