Winter Playdough

Activity for ages 3 to 6.

These winter playdough recipes are a delightfully simple way to enjoy icy winter play indoors. Since we’ve been blasted with freezing temperatures outside, I decided to whip up a few batches of winter playdough with my 2.5 and 5 year old that would let them imagine playing in the icy cold outdoors without the runny noses and stinging fingertips.
Yum!! Winter playdough recipes. Pine mint and hot chocolate.

For most of the dough we simply added extracts or cocoa to our smooth and squishy One Pot Playdough Recipe.  The recipes below make enough dough for two children to play.

Awesome Winter Playdough Recipes. Pine, hot chocolate and mint!

For each recipe, we simply add all the ingredients to a pot, mix until all the lumps are gone, then cook over low heat, stirring often.  The dough will start to thicken and pull away from the sides of the pot.  I turn off the heat once the dough thickens but is still a little sticky, and allow it to cool enough to handle.  After several minutes I dump the still tacky dough onto a clean counter and knead it until smooth and no longer sticky.

Pine Scented Playdough

DSC_1117To scent this dough we picked a few springs from an evergreen in our yard and steeped them in 3 cups of boiling water.  We then used the water in the following recipe:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • green food coloring {we prefer the vibrant color of gel food coloring}
  • 3 cups of pine steeped water
  • 2-3 drops pine essential oil {optional, if you prefer a stronger scent}

Minty Ice PlaydoughDSC_1136

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • blue or aqua food coloring {add only 1-2 drops at a time}
  • 3 cups water

Hot Chocolate Playdough


  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 3 packets of instant hot chocolate or
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3 cups of water

Once the playdough was kneaded, I grabbed several sticks, rocks, some arctic animals, and invited my very eager kiddos over to play.  They giggled for a good hour as they built a frozen tundra and created some pretty hilarious storylines, one of which had a wolf caught in a tree.


After building with their icy playdough, I suggested taking a break to warm up with some “cocoa”.  My 5 year old thought it was hilarious that I’d get in on the pretend play and loved pretending to sip her tiny cocoa.

DSC_1242Later in the week we used these doughs along with our snowman play dough to create more winter wonderland scenes.  The kids love the subtle scents and hours of imaginative play and I love that they can enjoy winter play without having to put on and peel off all those layers!

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1 Comment

  1. Kira

    How do you store the dough for future use?



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