Super Sparkly {No Cook} Candy Cane Play Dough

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How to make candy cane play dough – fun Christmas sensory play activity.

Sparkly {no cook} Candy Cane play dough - great for Christmas sensory play for kids

It feels like forever since I’ve brought you a sensory play dough post. But this Candy Cane Play Dough that we made last week for Christmas has been a such a hit in our house, that I just had to share.

 

Candy Cane Play Dough Recipe

White play dough

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • boiling water
  • white glitter (optional)

 

Red play dough

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon red food colouring
  • boiling water
  • red glitter
  • red sequins
  • additional red glitter (optional)

Making candy cane play dough
Method

  • Add the flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil to two mixing bowls.
  • Add white glitter (if using) to one of the bowls. (The white glitter adds a subtle sparkle). Add about 1/2 cup boiling water and mix, gradually adding more boiling water until a dough consistency is reached. Knead the dough for several minutes until the texture is smooth.
  • Add red glitter and red sequins to the dry ingredients in the second bowl. Mix food colouring with boiling water to make red boiling water. Add about 1/2 cup of red boiling water to the dry ingredients, gradually adding more red boiling water until a dough consistency is reached. Knead the dough for several minutes until the texture is smooth.
  • Optional: provide additional red glitter for use during play.

 

Candy Cane play dough - recipe for Christmas sensory play

I set it out as an invitation to play, with a candy cane cookie cutter and a few versions of candy cane play dough shapes as above, and let the girls play!

JJ (5.5 years old) made an analog clock complete with a big hand, small hand and twelve points around the clock face. (Yay for playful maths!)

Making a clock with playdough - for playful math

Bee (3 years and 2 months) was a little more abstract in her play. She did like playing with the candy cane shapes, and she also enjoyed making a tower of playdough pieces, generously sprinkling glitter over the top.

Glittery, sparkly, candy cane playdough play for kids

Glittery, sparkly, candy cane themed play dough for kids

And then she enjoyed the challenge of trying to pick up glitter between her finger and thumb, and sprinkling it on other pieces of dough.

The good thing about this play dough recipe, is that even after some serious play, you can still make cool candy cane shapes with the two colours marbled together. The red glitter and the red sequins really pop too.

Candy cane play dough

And you can store it away in a sealed container for another day. (Ours has been going strong for a week now).

Storing playdough with a candy cane cookie cutter

 

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xx Danya

 

Recipe for No Cook Candy Cane Play Dough that sparkles! Great for Christmas-themed sensory play for kids
Recipe for No Cook Candy Cane Play Dough that sparkles! Great for Christmas sensory play for kids

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