West Finchley Preschool and Nursery

Christmas Holidays Activity Ideas Day 1

Under- fives all love play dough. Here is an easy play dough recipe that you can make at home that will provide hours of fun and many learning opportunities….

All you will need is a set of dough cutters a child size rolling pin and the ingredients below.  If you want to add a little Seasonal cheer you can add glitter cinnamon and or nutmeg.

Non cook play dough:



  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (add it slowly until your dough feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional- red or green this time of year)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)
  • Glitter (optional but adds seasonal cheer)
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg (optional adds the scents of Xmas)


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it well for a few minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. This is key to the success of your dough, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right
  • If adding glitter /cinnamon or nutmeg add them at this stage. The amount is personal preference, but add slowly till you get the look and feel you want. You could let your child add these ingredients from a shaker to add to their fun.

Once your child has finished playing with it for the day roll it back into a ball and wrap it and seal it in a poly bag to keep it fresh. Last for a week.

If you are making this with older children, why not print out our child friendly play dough recipe below for them to follow.




Playdough Recipe

We need:

 flo  wa  sa  oi




Cooking Oil


 bowl  cup  spoon
 Bowl  Cup  Wooden Spoon



How to make the dough :

Take  2 x  cup cup  Flourflo


Add ½ cup  saltsa


Mix in   bowl   1tablespoon tbscooking oiloi

Add 1 cup cup of wa

Mix all together well bowl spoon

Then knead the dough knead

We could also add:

Powder Paint powder Porridge Oats porridgleor Glitter glitt


You can download a PDF version of this recipe here

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