Christmas Tree Play Dough Kit


Welcome to Montessori Mondays!

Are you looking for some cheap, fun, and easy activities that support learning for your child?

You’ve come to the right place.  Every week I’m sharing  Montessori based activities that you can create and share with your children.

Check out my first post here for an explanation of why Montessori works.



-Green Play Dough: Purchased at Michael’s.  You could also make your own play dough here.

-Presents: Purchased at the Dollar Tree, because you can’t have a Christmas tree without presents right?

-Jewels: Purchased at Walmart.  The Dollar Tree will also have these occasionally.

-Accent gems: Purchased at Michael’s.  The Dollar Tree also has these in clear, green, blue, etc.  I like these because they are an assortment of different colors instead of just one color.

-Paper Mache Cone: Purchased at Michael’s.  What I like about using this for the base of the tree is that play dough sticks easily to it and comes off without a hitch.  A tip to keeping this cone stable is putting play dough on the inside.

-Toothpicks: These are used for texture.  The sky is the limit for materials you can use to add texture to the tree.

-Bead Garland: No idea where I purchased this from, but I’m fairly certain the dollar tree has some at their store.  I cut a small piece that would fit around this little tree.


Once your materials are purchased, you can arrange them in a dip tray (Dollar Tree).  Also have some kind of tray for the tree to be decorated.


Before letting your child partake in decorating this tree, add play dough to the inside of the cone for stability.


Now your child can start decorating with the green play dough.  They can put it on the cone piece by piece, or they could pat it into a flat piece and wrap it around the cone.

wpid-2015-11-20-01.27.43-1_wm.jpg.jpegHere it is!  Now they can use toothpicks to add texture to their tree.  My daughter wanted no part of this because she was so excited to use the jewels!

wpid-2015-11-20-01.27.21-1_wm.jpg.jpegGarland goes on first.

wpid-2015-11-20-01.26.26-1_wm.jpg.jpegNext comes the jewels and gems.  My daughter decided to try the texturizing after placing the ornaments on the tree, which just made everything fall off.  Silly girl.

wpid-2015-11-20-01.25.46-1_wm.jpg.jpegLastly the star jewel goes on the top.


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Below are links to my other activities:

Sorting Soft/Hard and Counting with Pom Poms/Bowls

Color Wheel and Threading with Pipe Cleaners/Colander

Easter Eggs and Beach Play-dough

Alphabet Sensory Bin and Clothesline

Shape Sorting and Open/Close Tray

Frog/Turtle Sensory Bin and Play-dough/Noddle Threading

Flower Sensory Bin and Buttons with Pipe Cleaners

Valentine’s Sensory Bin and Discovering Smells

Underwater Sensory Bin and Learning to Buckle

Button Snake and Bugs/Grass Sensory Bin

Go check them out and tell me what you think!


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Karin Rambo says:

    This is SOO fun! My daughter is only a year, but we’re totally going to do this next year!

    1. Janell says:

      It’s amazing all the fun things you can do with play dough! She’s going to enjoy it next year 😊

  2. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful! Love this idea — sharing 😉

    1. Janell says:

      Thank you Stephanie!

  3. Susannah says:

    This is such an adorable idea! I’ll have to remember to do it next year when my son’s a bit older. 🙂

    1. Janell says:

      Thanks! I’m so glad you liked this!

  4. what a great idea for kids that is! 😀

  5. Mikki Jo says:

    What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Janell says:

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it 😊

  6. Tara says:

    Great idea! My 2 year old will love it!

  7. this looks so fun! I think all of my kids would love doing this!

    1. Janell says:

      I know, right? I had fun doing it too!

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