To Christmas it up a bit, we added "Christmas Scents" to the dough and also chucked in some shimmer balls to one of the batches to give it that extra sensation. The scents I used are Peppermint for the tree, ginger and cinammon... we also made a few more batches today for a "normal" play session (AKA: Just let them loose with the dough, no structured activity) and did tangerine, rosemary and apple scents... these say winter to me, but my friend was quite baffled. Anyway, read on for more on the activity and how to make your dough.
I usually use 1.5 cup of flour, 1/3 cup salt, my scent (usually a powder) and a splodge of paint and just shy of 1 cup water - mix. This normally is too wet and doesn't form a dough, however I find it's easier to get to this point and then add more flour, approx another cup, a bit at a time, kneading slightly as I go, so that I know when the dough is ready to be taken out of the bowl and requires little else doing to it... rather than it being too doughy - too wet -too doughy -too wet and eventually ending up with a ball of dough bigger than the bowl!
You can add glitter, leaves, small balls/beads to add a little more sensation to your dough, if you wish.. there are lots of options but it all depends n what your child likes and is old enough to deal with to (I couldn't put beads in there for the simple fact that Bam Bam may eat them!)
Next, cut out your Christmas tree shape... Badger needed some help with this, however he did all the rolling himself. This is great motor skill practice, so try to let your child do as much as they can.
The rest was as straight forward as giving the kids their trees and all the dough leftover, and anything else (I let Badger have tiny white stones we picked up from the craft shop to use as lights) and let them decorate the trees - you might even have time to drink a coffee while you are supervising!
As you see from the very first image, Badger's turned out really great, he did a lovely job and spent a long time making it perfect... I was surprised how well Bam Bam was doing too, he really enjoyed himself and the tree looked lovely - 'til it was squished in a burst of excitement... nonetheless, I thought that added a certain amount of "charm" so left it squished, rather than unfolding it. :)