On the 7th day of Christmas…

On the 7th day of Christmas, Rose3 gave to me…

Christmas Sculptures and Decorations

Fully planned for members at Rose3.

I used the air-dry clay option.


Playdough or Air Dry Clay (available from any craft supplier or many $2 shops)
Sculpting tools and Rolling pins
Glitter (sticks very well to air dry clay)
Place mats
Collection of natural and processed materials (collage materials) to decorate/stick into their creations.
Paint (optional) if children wish to paint their sculptures.

How to:

Let children do the measuring and use as a cooking experience if making dough. (see Playdough recipe)

For Christmas playdough: Christmas biscuit cutters like stars, trees, angels. . Christmas decorations and various natural items near playdough/clay so children can experiment decorating the dough/clay or creating Christmas worlds, sculptures or tree decorations.

Natural materials such as sticks, rocks, leaves and bark, sand and seeds can be spray painted and dyed in traditional Christmas colours and make excellent Christmas sculptures and table decorations.

Plasticine or Soap sculpture dough (see Soap Sculpture) can also be used with collage materials to create Nativity or Christmas scenes to take home and display.

Soap dough can be painted once dried.

Make Christmas decorations out of biscuit dough: cook and decorate with edible items.

Playdough Recipe:
Ingredients: 1 cup of salt, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar, 4 cups boiling water, food colouring or vegetable dye, 4 cups flour.
Method: Mix salt, oil, cream of tartar and colour until blended. Add 4 cups boiling water. Stir until salt has dissolved. Add 4 cups flour. Mix into dough. Allow to cool a little before removing lumps. (Use a mixmaster for speedy playdough!)
Caution: playdough stays very hot for a long time.

Soap Dough:

Lux Flakes (Pure soap flakes available at any supermarket) Small amount of water.

1 cup of Lux Flakes makes about a fist size amount of soap dough.  Add small amount of water slowly and mix with hands.

Flakes will come together and initially feel a little too wet and gooey, but dough will become more workable as it is kneaded.

Food colouring can be added to the dough (great if children are going to use the soap later) or sculptures can be painted when dry.

(be careful—sculptures can be brittle and beware soap in eyes or children with allergies)

Age and developmental stage difference can be clearly seen through the pictures in the product, but it didn’t matter at all, the process was fabulous!

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