Christmas Tree Counting Playdough Mat Activity

Monday, December 07, 2015

Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year!  I look forward to slowing down our schedule, spending more quality time with each other and reflecting on the true meaning.  One way I do this is including all my girls in simple, relaxed, open-ended activities like playdough.  Such a simple creation can provide hours of fun, promote lots of creativity and is the perfect activity for their current ages (7, 3, 1). 

I asked my friend, Jen from Bitty Beginnings, to create a fun, Christmas-themed playdough mat activity that not only promotes learning, but also caters to my girls' creativity.  I put together a tray of pine scented playdough, with a touch of cinnamon, peppermint and orange which was a lovely combination along with a few items like pinecones, cranberries, rhinestones and a tree-shaped cookie cutter for the girls to explore.

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Then, I introduced the playdough activity printable, you can download a free set here.  This adorable mat is simple, but allows for a little one's imagination to run wild.  The idea is to 'help Fox gather Christmas trees for his friends to decorate, but the problem is they are so heavy and he will need help in gathering a specific number of trees.  A number card is placed on the mat and from there, tree creation can begin followed by lots and lots of decorating.

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Summer loved to roll out balls of dough for their trees.

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Can't forget the decorating!

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We added sparkly stars and a bit of fluffy snow from the craft store to our scene for an extra touch. 

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Simple, fun and endless possibilities. 

See more fun ideas below,Merry Christmas!

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