When it’s cold outside and you’re looking for ways to keep your little ones entertained, check out these winter playdough ideas.
Kids can play and learn while developing fine motor muscles in their fingers, hands, and arms.
Manipulating playdough – pinching, rolling, stretching – is a great was to strengthen motor skills in a fun way.
Kids love playing with playdough. They love rolling, stretching, and building objects with playdough. Add in some cookie cutters or letter magnets, and you’ve got a fun motor skills activity that’s sure to engage little ones for quite a while.
They can roll their toy cars through it to make roads, or “walk” their plastic animals and dinosaurs through it to make animal tracks.
With the winter playdough activities featured below, little ones will have the opportunity to get create with all sorts of seasonal activities!
Winter Playdough Ideas
Snowman Play Dough
Make a snowman that never melts!
Your little one can explore different materials to make their very own play-doh snowman.
This is a great open-ended activity for kids of all ages.
Printable Winter Playdough Mats for Preschoolers
These winter playdough mats are a great way to entertain preschoolers while helping them build fine motor muscles in their hands.
This set of playdough mats includes a snowman, a winter hat, an ice skate, a penguin, and more!
Follow the recipes in this post to make three winter playdoughs for your kids to use.
You'll find recipes for pine-scented dough, minty ice playdough, and hot chocolate scented playdough.
The best part is that your kids can help you make the playdough before they play with it.
Snowman Play-Doh Winter Sensory Busy Box for Toddlers
Use this winter themed sensory box to entertain your toddler and build fine motor skills!
I love her idea for helping little ones create snowman shapes to decorate with the items in this sensory bin. What do you think?
Sparkly Winter 2 Ingredient Play Dough
Homemade playdough that doesn't involve cooking? Yes, please!
You won't believe how easy it is to create this sparkly winter playdough.
Kids will love helping you mix it up!
Snowman Play Dough Kit
This kit is so easy to put together with materials from around your house.
And, kids can let their imagination flow making their very own snow people!
Sparkly Winter Play Dough
This snowflake play dough set-up is a great way for kids to explore snow and snowflakes without the cold fingers and toes.
It's also great for those of you who live in warm-weather climates that won't see snow this year.
Winter Roll a Snowman Printable Play Dough Mat Game
This fun game can be played individually or as a group.
Kids will roll a die to see which piece to add to their snowman next.
This is a fun way to practice counting, following directions, and fine motor skills all at once.
Frozen Play Dough Kit- DIY Gift for Kids
Frozen fans will love this playdough kit! They can reenact their favorite scenes or use their imaginations.
This post shares tutorials for making homemade playdough, homemade Frozen-inspired peg dolls, and setting up the kit itself.
BOOKS ABOUT WINTER
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about winter. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland – The classic and beloved winter holiday song “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is brought to life with bright and colorful illustrations.
Ten on the Sled – In the land of the midnight sun, all the animals are having fun speeding down the hill on Caribou’s sled. But as they go faster and faster, Seal, Hare, Walrus, and the others all fall off . . . until just the caribou’s left, only and lonely.
The Biggest Snowman Ever – When the mayor of Mouseville announces the town snowman contest, Clayton and Desmond claim that they will each make the biggest snowman ever. But building a huge snowman alone is hard! They work and work, but their snowmen just aren’t big enough.
This “ARCTIC WILDLIFE” quiet book introduces your baby the Polar animals, helps to develop imagination and fine motor skills!
This Arctic small world sensory bin filler includes everything your child needs to engage in beneficial sensory play. Sensory play encourages children to explore their senses and enhances creativity.