Orange and spice Christmas play dough recipe

Looking for a lovely sensory play idea for Christmas? How about an orange and spice play dough recipe? Yes, please!

Lovely orange and spice Christmas play dough recipe!Orange and spice Christmas play dough recipe

This sensory play ideas combines the scent of Christmas with some hands-on fun. I made the dough using my favourite easy play dough recipe, with some added orange oil, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and a few crushed up cloves for a festive smell. I used a squirt of orange paint, with just a little brown paint too, to add some colour.

Christmas play dough recipeMix all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a dough, and you’re ready to play.

orange playdough recipeThe play dough as a great texture to squish and squash and make with. Playing with dough is such a great work out for little hands, and the more you play, the more the Christmas smell wafts around. (You can see last year’s Christmas play dough recipe here)

Christmas play dough recipeYou might like to add in some loose parts, so you can decorate or make patterns in your play dough.

orange play doughWe used some gold sequins and foil shapes and a few extra cloves….

Christmas sensory playand made pretty patterns and even a traditional Christmas orange pomander ball!

A lovely orange and clove Christmas play dough recipe

super sensory footerSuper Sensory Invitations to Play

Ready for a whole year of exploring through the senses? Super Sensory Invitations to Play is a delightful resource that encourages your children to explore the five senses through the year, using a wide variety of sensory materials. It includes 52 invitations to play, linked to the festivals and seasons of the year, and including water, ice, dough, rice, paints, sand, sensory tubs, and more.

They are easy, simple, and fun ideas that you can use right now to give a multi-sensory boost to your play and learning. It comes with a printable recipe book featuring all our favourite recipes for play. Come and see more here.


  1. Jenni says

    What is the recipe for this? I clicked the link but it would not show any recipe. I may be because i am on mobile.

    • says

      Hi Jenni. The link takes you through to the basic play dough recipe. If you have a look there at ‘Step One’ through to ‘Step Five’ that has the ingredients you need and the way to mix it. Then, this post lists the extra spices I added to give the dough the Christmas twist ~ you can see them listed under the first photo. Hope that helps! Cathy

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