If you’re looking for an activity that will help your toddler or preschooler develop concentration and fine-motor skills, don’t forget about playdough. I have a simple winter playdough tray that’s easily adapted for your child’s skill level. Plus, your child can make a playdough that’s super-soft and gentle on delicate hands in the coldest weather.
Simple Winter Playdough Tray – YouTube Video
Check out this cute 59-second video to see how simple the playdough recipe is and how much fun my 3-year-old granddaughter had with this simple activity!
Materials Used for the Winter Playdough Tray
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- Playdough (For super-soft playdough, see recipe below.) Of course, you can make traditional no-cook playdough or buy playdough
- Divided Tray (mine was from The Dollar Tree, but you can get similar trays on Amazon)
- Winter Cookie Cutters
- Frosted Trees (from my Simple Snowman Sensory Bin)
- Flocked Wooden Snowman (from my Simple Snowman Sensory Bin)
- Snowflake gems (I’ve used these for a number of activities.)
- Snowflake Sequins (I used a different color of these in my Snowflake Sequin.)
- Playdough Tools (such as the Melissa & Doug tools, which I often use)
- Craft Gems (I use these for lots of activities.)
- 2 Cup Round Container for Center of Tray to Preserve Playdough between Uses (Fill with playdough and save remainder of playdough in a plastic bag or other container.)
Note: These are the materials I used. I already had all of them. Just use whatever winter materials you have or want to purchase for this and other activities.
How to Make Super-Soft Playdough
Even preschoolers can do almost every part of this playdough preparation!
- 1 cup hand lotion or hair conditioner (or a mixture of both)
- 2 cups cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon glitter (optional)
- Add hand lotion or hair condition and cornstarch
- Knead together the ingredients
- Knead in glitter if preferred.
Simple Winter Playdough Activities
So many skills are gained when children make their own playdough!
And there’s always room for extra fun!
Your child can make a winter scene if you have any winter figures or ornaments available.
The squeezing, pressing, and molding involved in playdough work strengthen fingers and hands for writing. Adding seasonal cookie cutters and other seasonal items gives young children a better understanding of seasons.
Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s outfit is from Gymboree.
More Montessori-Inspired Playdough Activities for Winter
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