Christmas Smells Like Cinnamon

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, I can’t believe how fast it came. For those of you who are looking for some last minute activity ideas, I’ve got a fun project: Cinnamon Playdough. It’s a fairly easy recipe and if you want you can harden it in the oven.

I really like this activity because it not only encourages tactics exploration but it smells so good! All you need is water, flour, salt and cinnamon. Got that on hand? Then let’s get started!

Cinnamon Dough

2 cups of flour

1 cup salt

5 teaspoons of cinnamon

3/4 to 1 cup warm water

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make an indentation in the center of the ingredients and pour the water into the indentation. Mix it all together with your hands until a ball is formed. Knead until smooth, about 5 minutes (this is a great opportunity to teach kids what “kneading” means!) It’s recommended that you allow the dough to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes before playing, but I’ve done it right away and not had issues. To harden your masterpiece, bake in the oven at 350 degrees until hard, but no longer than an hour.

For a fun Christmas-themed art project, cut the dough with cookie cutters and make a hole at the top before baking them. Now you’ve got some yummy smelling ornaments!

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