Peppermint Play dough a fun easy recipe to create yummy smelling play dough that fills your classroom or home with Christmas Cheer! I use the same basic play dough recipe and change the scent to go with the theme. This year I added a lot of Peppermint extract to the dough and it really was a wonderful fresh smell to our classroom. I love that not only the children pick up the dough first thing to smell but the parents as well! Its sets the mood for everyone who enters our room!
I start by adding all the dry ingredient to a large bowl and set a tea kettle of water on the stove to boil. Then in a four cup measuring bowl I add the oil, color, peppermint and when ready the water. I like to start with two cups of water. I pour into the bowl stir with a spoon to mix as it gets thick I add another 1/2 cup of water. At this point it starts to feel like dough I start adding water or flour to get the perfect texture. Water if it's too hard and flour if it's to sticky. I keep the dough in a plastic zip lock bag, it last this way for about a month after that it starts to dry out a bit. A new tool my Frogs love are these Alphabet Stamps, I love use them for just about every theme!
To go with our festive them we had a classroom vote Do you like Peppermint? Each Frog tasted a peppermint candy and then chose a Yes or No vote. We also had our Candy Cane of Kindness, where I add a name to the cane every time I see or hear a act of kindness. To complete the fun the Frogs made Candy Cane stained glass for our windows!
This year to accompany the Letter of the week "H" the Frogs used their hand prints to make a Reindeer and Christmas Tree. I then used their art for our bulletin board "Oh Deer, Christmas is almost here!"
As always with art I like to add a lot of choices so the Frogs have the opportunity to make their art as unique as possible. I Start rummaging through the art closet looking for any fun thing to add to the Art Center! Due to time I used two class days to make our Preschool Hand print Reindeer. On the first class we used white paint on green paper for our Hand print Christmas Tree, then Brown Paint on white paper for the antlers. Then I gave them to option to add snow glitter while the paint was still wet. After they dried I cut them out and set them on their art tray ready to become reindeer!
I usually don't like to show a finished copy of the art so they wont just recreate but in this case I had to give them an idea of what they were making so I created a face for them to get the idea, as you can see they made it their own not one Reindeer looked alike! To set up the Art Center I cut out the shape of a head and ears, due to the age and time I did the cutting with older children they could make their own shapes. Then I added a tray of goodies and glue, no more needed to be said.
The Frogs dived right in, they really love glue! I love to sit back and quietly watch them create, deciding if they wanted Rudolf.
To create our Bulletin board I used a plastic black tablecloth for the background, easy and only a dollar!
The Frogs (and parents) love to see their art, to avoid writing on the art I have name tags I staple next to each art so they can find their work easy.