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Play dough is one of our favorite go to sensory materials, it's so cheap and easy to make, and its play value is unmatched! I prefer to make my own because Gray still occasionally likes to taste test anything that remotely resembles candy, and these recipes are completely kid safe. Each dough is a variation of a basic recipe with added colors and scents. I was thinking about all of the smells I love at Christmas time, and these are just a few of my favorites we were able to replicate!

Five uniquely scented play doughs, perfect for celebrating the Christmas season!I gathered a few ingredients, like evergreen leaves, cranberries, spices and my favorite essential oils (affiliate link).

Five uniquely scented play doughs, perfect for celebrating the Christmas season!Evergreen Play Dough

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 5-10 drops of green food coloring
  • 1 sprig of evergreen

Boil the water and evergreen sprig on the stovetop, the water should turn green and be very fragrant when done, about 5 minutes. Strain the water in to the mixer so no leaves remain. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until dough reaches a good consistency.

Five uniquely scented play doughs, perfect for celebrating the Christmas season!

Five uniquely scented play doughs, perfect for celebrating the Christmas season!Lebkuchan (Spice) Play Dough

  • 1 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 5-10 drops of green food coloring
  • 5-10 drops of red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice (If you're missing one or two, no biggie!)

Boil the water on the stovetop or in the microwave and then add it to the rest of the ingredients in the mixer, stir until dough reaches a good consistency.

*Lebkuchen is a German spice cookie, similar to gingerbread, it's very fragrant and flavorful and will definitely be one of the things I remember about our years spent in Germany.

Five uniquely scented play doughs, perfect for celebrating the Christmas season!Popcorn and Cranberries Play Dough

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter (for the popcorn scent, feel free to use oil if you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 5-10 drops of red food coloring
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries

Boil the water and cranberries on the stovetop, the berries should be mushy when done, about 5 minutes. Blend the mixture in a food processor until it is no longer chunky, and then strain the cranberry sauce in to your mixer. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until dough reaches a good consistency.

Five uniquely scented play doughs, perfect for celebrating the Christmas season!

Five uniquely scented play doughs, perfect for celebrating the Christmas season!Oranges and Cloves Play Dough

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of whole cloves
  • 5-10 drops of red food coloring
  • 5-10 drops of yellow food coloring
  • 5-10 drops of orange essential oil

Boil the water on the stovetop with the whole cloves added to it (Aurora wanted to grind our cloves, but that step isn't necessary!), after a few minutes, strain the cloves from the water and then add it to the rest of the ingredients in the mixer, stir until dough reaches a good consistency.

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Five uniquely scented play doughs, perfect for celebrating the Christmas season!Vanilla Snow Play Dough

  • 1 cup of fresh snow (or water if snow isn't available)
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • glitter

Boil the snow on the stovetop or in the microwave and then add it to the rest of the ingredients in the mixer, stir until dough reaches a good consistency.

Between making the doughs this morning, and playing with them this afternoon, they kept both kids busy all day long! Not only that, but my house smells great and I was able to accomplish a few things off of my to do list since they were so engaged! Tomorrow I'll be sharing some of the fun things we did with the dough and announcing a few details about the continued direction of my blog!

For more sensational sensory ideas, check out my Pinterest board devoted to exploring the senses! Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Sensory & Small World Bins on Pinterest.

Brigette

from Life Lesson Plans and The Gossamer Girl

Brigette was born and raised in Nebraska, but ever since her husband joined the Air Force, she has traveled around the world with him and their two young kids. First living in Hawaii, and then in Germany, their family has soaked up all sorts of cultural experiences that she loves to weave in to her writing. She and the kids are now back home and are rediscovering their roots. Recently, Brigette started writing a personal blog called The Gossamer Girl where she shares lifestyle stories about h ...

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