Festive Christmas Playdough Recipes

Making a batch of Christmas Playdough is an easy and fun way to get into the spirit this season. From making pretend hot chocolate and candy canes to setting up a playdough cookie-making station for the kids, there are so many ways to play with Christmas playdough. Plus, you'll find lots of scented playdough variations like gingerbread, eggnog, and cranberry scented play dough, among many others.

Christmas play dough

Playing with playdough encourages creativity, helps kids improve hand and finger dexterity, and is very calming. Plus, it's just plain fun! This roundup includes 20 different play dough recipes that are sure to delight every child's imagination.

You might also like to take a look at these lists of Christmas activities:

Christmas playdough ideas

Christmas Playdough Ideas from Messy Little Monster

Grinch Playdough

Enjoy a family movie night this holiday season (we recommend The Grinch) and then make our Grinch playdough to go along with the evening's festivities. Pair green playdough with pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and fluffy green feathers to remake your own version of The Grinch.

Grinch play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Christmas Edible Playdough

When it comes to toddlers, you don't want to worry about them putting their sensory materials in their mouths. Now, you don't have to worry about that. This edible Christmas playdough is taste-safe, as it's made with Christmas Peeps, flour, and Crisco.

Edible Christmas Playdough


Gingerbread Playdough

Instead of gingerbread cookies, make this gingerbread playdough that the kids can play with again and again through the holidays. It's a lovely light brown color and is scented with ground ginger and cinnamon, so it smells like the real thing. Add cookie cutters and accessories like beads, sprinkles, or candies so the kids can make gingerbread men or gingerbread houses using their homemade playdough.

Gingerbread playdough - Christmas playdough recipe


Gingerbread Cloud Dough

Speaking of gingerbread, this gingerbread cloud dough recipe is an amazing sensory experience for kids, and you only need two ingredients. Use your cookie cutters, buttons, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and other loose parts to shape the dough into a cute gingerbread man.

Gingerbread cloud dough - Christmas playdough recipe


More Christmas Playdough Recipes

Here are some more fun Christmas play dough recipes that we have found on some of our favourite websites. 

Christmas Playdough Recipes

Chocolate Reindeer Playdough

Make cute little reindeer using this chocolate reindeer playdough recipe from Fantastic Fun and Learning. We love incorporating natural items like sticks, acorns, and berries to make the reindeer's antlers and face.

Chocolate reindeer play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Candy Cane Playdough

If you enjoy the scent of peppermint, this candy cane playdough from Kids Activities will be a treat for you and the kids alike. Make red and white batches infused with peppermint essential oil or peppermint extract. Twist them together or use cookie cutters to make candy canes and bows.

Candy cane play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Hot Chocolate Playdough

Pretending to have your own hot chocolate stand can be lots of fun, especially when you're cooped up indoors. This hot chocolate playdough from Fireflies and Mud Pies makes pretend play even better. Scoop the chocolate playdough into mugs and top it with marshmallow playdough shaped into mini marshmallows. 

Hot chocolate play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Cranberry Playdough

The holidays are the perfect time to stock up on fresh cranberries. While you're whipping up cranberry sauce and cranberry desserts, make a batch of this cranberry playdough for the kids to play with. It smells sweet and has a lovely red color that's made even more fun with a bit of glitter.

Cranberry play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Reindeer Santa and Christmas Tree Playdough

Planning a Christmas party in the classroom or at home? These reindeer, Santa, and Christmas tree playdough bags from Non-Toy Gifts are the perfect party favors. You could also make a snowman version with white playdough.

Reindeer Santa and Christmas tree play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Christmas Pudding Playdough

A basic no-cook playdough recipe is made extra delightful with some common kitchen ingredients. Kids will have such fun with this Christmas pudding playdough by The Craft Train. The top layer is a custard playdough scented with vanilla, and the bottom is a pudding playdough infused with cocoa, spices, and a few other ingredients. 

Christmas pudding play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Sugar Cookie Homemade Playdough

Help the kids set up a pretend cookie-making station using this sugar cookie homemade playdough from Frugal Mom Eh as their cookie base. It's scented with vanilla and coconut extracts to smell like actual cookies, and kids will enjoy using all sorts of different shaped cutters to make their "cookies."

Sugar cookie homemade play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Spiced Citrus Playdough

Citrus fruits don't get enough credit during the winter holidays. The smell of spiced citrus is very Christmasy, though, and you'll love how fragrant this spiced citrus playdough is from Childhood 101. The scent comes from whole cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a few other delicious ingredients for a lovely fragrance that will fill the room.

spiced citrus play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Sparkly Winter Playdough

Build snowmen, cut out snowflakes, or turn a small world setting into a winter wonderland with this gorgeous sparkly winter playdough from Fantastic Fun and Learning. White glitter makes it sparkly, just like real snow.

Sparkly winter play dough - Christmas playdough recipe


Frozen Playdough

Here's another lovely winter playdough that's perfect for Christmas, too. The blue and white Frozen playdough from The Best Ideas for Kids is super sparkly and so fun to use for imprinting snowflakes. Kids could also use the playdough to shape dresses onto their Elsa and Anna dolls!

Frozen playdough - Christmas playdough recipe


Sugar Plum Sensory Dough

Fans of the Sugar Plum Fairy will love this sugar plum sensory dough by Rainy Day Mum inspired by The Nutcracker story. Listen to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy while the kids play! Plum essence is added to give it that signature plum fragrance, while white and silver glitter makes it nice and sparkly.

Sugar plum playdough - Christmas playdough recipe


Eggnog Scented Playdough

How about some eggnog-scented playdough by Make Life Lovely for a nice change of pace? It smells of the spices in the real drink, like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. 

Eggnog scented playdough - Christmas playdough recipe


Cinnamon Cookie Playdough

This cinnamon cookie playdough by The Craft Train is easy to put together and smells like you're really baking. Add some coffee beans, seeds, and star anise to decorate the playdough creations like real cookies. 

Cinnamon cookie playdough - Christmas playdough recipe

Sparkly Gel Dough

If you don't mind a bit of a mess, this sparkly gel dough from In the Playroom is perfect for the holidays. It's glittery, squish, and the colors are very vibrant!

Sparkly playdough - Christmas playdough recipe


Hazelnut Playdough

I always think of a nice assortment of nuts when it comes to holiday snacks, so it's only fitting to include this hazelnut playdough recipe from Parenting Chaos. Don't worry, though—it's made with imitation hazelnut extract, so it's safe even for kids with nut allergies. 

Hazelnut playdough - Christmas playdough recipe


Peppermint Patty Playdough

Mint chocolate is also a favorite holiday flavor, so this peppermint patty playdough is an excellent choice if you love that scent combination! The brown playdough has a chocolate scent, while the white marshmallow dough is scented with peppermint. Both are taste-safe! 

Peppermint playdough - Christmas playdough recipe

We hope you enjoy this list of Christmas playdough recipes. Pin it to come back to it later!

Recipes for Christmas playdough

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