Play dough itself is an engaging sensory experience for young children, but when you add colors and scents it becomes even more magical and fun! This candy cane play dough activity is a fantastic way to engage the senses while developing fine motor skills and giving kids a chance to exercise their creativity.
My kids always love it when I set up a play dough invitation, so I try to come up with unique ways to incorporate play dough and whatever theme we are working on at the time. A candy cane play dough invitation is perfect for gingerbread or holiday theme.
Play Dough Exploration
While participating in this play dough activity, kids will engage their senses while developing fine motor skills. The texture of the dough, the smell of the peppermint, the bright colors, and the stark contrast between white and red. It’s all a great way to pull children into an activity and keep them engaged.
On top of that, play dough is an excellent way to develop those small hand muscles that kids will need to write and do a variety of other life skills.
Setting Up the Candy Cane Activity
- Red play dough
- White play dough
- Candy cane cookie cutter
- Chenille craft stems in red, green and white
- Any play dough tools you wish to include (Here are some of our favorite play dough tools.
1. Start by making your favorite play dough recipe and adding peppermint extract to the water in your recipe. I used about a half a tablespoon, but this will depend on the brand you use and your individual preferences.
2. Cut the chenille stems into pieces that are about a 1/2 inch long. This will also depend on the size of your cookie cutters.
3. Put the play dough, chenille stem pieces, and cookie cutters on a tray.
Candy Cane Play Dough Activity
Invite the kids in your classroom to explore the materials and create candy canes. They may even choose to make other things and that is totally fine, too.
What is most important is that they are developing those small hand muscles while using their creativity to make anything their imaginations can come up with!
BIO: Danielle is a former elementary teacher, a mom of two and now shares playful learning activities at Mom Inspired Life. Check out her Christmas printables for preschoolers and make sure you subscribe to her newsletter to receive activities straight to your inbox! You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.
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