Advent Caledar Day 11… Peppermint Playdough

I am so excited about today.  It is my turn in our fun online Advent Calendar and I have something extra special just for you!

Day 11  Peppermint Playdough with A Mom With A Lesson Plan

I love home made playdough and try to make sure we always have some on hand.  One of the great things about playdough is that it is so simple to change the experience by changing the accessories.  Playdough Sensory and Color and Animal Print Playdough are two great examples!

what you need:  your favorite Playdough recipe (here’s our fav…Playdough) ~ peppermint extract ~ small Christmas goodies

*The recipe that I followed asks for the peppermint extract to be added after the playdough is made.  I added it while the playdough was cooking and liked that better.  (I used about 2 teaspoons.)

I visited our neighborhood dollar store to find little plastic candy canes.  The big ones came just as they are, but the little ones were part of a candy cane chain.  I just cut them apart (we used the beads that connected them too… we like to use EVERYTHING!)  I also found some great plastic snowflakes.

I included snowman making tools.  Sticks, felt cut into scarves, buttons, acorn tops, and pebbles.

I let Little M add glitter.  She’s been BEGGING me for glitter.  I can handle it when it’s tucked neatly into playdough.

Once the table was set with our squishy peppermint playdough and all of the extra goodies, I poured my self a cup of peppermint tea (I couldn’t resist.)  And sat back to listen.  Yes, I said listen.  When Little M sculpts, builds, plays, or does anything… she unfolds the most wonderful stories while she works.

For those of you who would rather not make your own play dough, store bought can be transformed into a sensory wonderland as well!  (I had to add quite a bit of peppermint extract to cut the store bought smell.)


  1. Aleacia @ Dilly-Dali Art says

    Great post! I love all the holiday themed items you set out to play with! I want to play with all that stuff too! :)

  2. crittersandcrayons says

    I love this post! I ran a similar post the other day and didn’t even realize it- although, I’ve never cooked my own play dough before! Beautiful pics!

  3. says

    My daughters would love playdough with peppermint extract… particularly if they get to eat candy canes at the same time. Thanks for the idea.

  4. Wynne says

    We did this activity today and liked it even better than the gingerbread man hunt (also a hit). My three-year-old and his 2-1/2-yo friend had a blast, especially with the bowls of twigs and buttons and with cookie cutters. The cooked play dough recipe was easy to follow and felt great to work with. I don’t think I’ll go back to store-bought … too many extracts to try. (Though next time I need to remember to check against evaporation before starting the recipe. Turns out my full bottle of peppermint extract had, over time, dwindled to a half-teaspoon.) Glitter in play dough was a new idea for us, too. I’m not sure the kids noticed it much, but I loved it.

    • says

      I love it!!! So glad you tried out home made. It is really the best way to go. The twigs and buttons are so fun. Did the play dough still have a peppermint scent?


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