The kids will love making crazy cute Christmas reindeer with this reindeer playdough set up and free printable reindeer playdough accessories!
Try our easy, no-cook, chocolate playdough recipe, which makes deliciously scented brown playdough that is perfect for making playdough reindeer. Then grab our free printable ‘build a reindeer’ accessories and make these super cute playdough reindeer.
We have a soft spot for reindeer in our family. We’ve made some free printable reindeer antlers so you can dress up as a reindeer, and we made this super fun reindeer card, and every year my kids love making this reindeer food recipe.
My mum even collects reindeer and she has so many cute, funny, and weird reindeer that I knew my kids would love making their own crazy playdough reindeer!
This reindeer playdough activity is a perfect Christmas sensory activity for kids of all ages. Using our free printable ‘build a reindeer’ accessories it’s easy to set and so much fun.
The kids will have a lovely time making all kinds of crazy, cute, and even kinda ugly, playdough reindeer!
How to set up a Reindeer Playdough Invitation to Play
The first thing to do when setting up for some reindeer playdough is to gather some loose parts and accessories.
To make our playdough reindeer I collected a few bits and pieces from around the house that I thought would be fun and useful and match the theme.
For our reindeer play dough set we used:
- Googly eyes
- Curling ribbon cut into small pieces
- Gold ribbon stars
You could also use some buttons, beads, pipe cleaners, or anything else that you have on hand.
Your reindeers will also need some antlers, and you could use sticks or pipe cleaners for antlers, but I made some printable reindeer antlers, ears and noses that we printed out, laminated, cut out, and added to our reindeer play dough. (scroll down to find the free printable reindeer playdough accessories)
Easy, No-cook, Chocolate Playdough Recipe
Since this time of the year is already busy enough, I kept it simple and used an easy no-cook play dough recipe.
The easiest way to make brown play dough that is perfect for making reindeer, is to add 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa as your colouring. Not only does the cocoa make the play dough a nice reindeer brown, it also makes it smell like chocolate, so make sure you remind little ones that it won’t actually taste like chocolate!
Here is our easy no-cook chocolate play dough recipe:
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tbsp cream of tar tar
- 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 2-3 tbsp cocoa
- In a large bowl mix the flour, cocoa, salt and cream of tar tar together.
- Add the oil and mix well.
- Add the hot water a little at a time, mixing well, until it becomes a slightly sticky dough.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for a few minutes until it becomes soft and workable. If it is still a bit sticky knead in some extra flour.
Making Playdough Reindeer.
The boys and I had great fun making some very cute, if a little dopey, looking reindeer!
Working with the chocolate playdough was a great sensory activity, and it’s always great for working on fine motor skills, and creativity.
There is even a red nose in the build a reindeer printable set so Rudolf, with his red nose, got to lead the pack!
Free Printable Reindeer Playdough Accessories.
If you need some antlers, ears and noses for your playdough reindeers, all you need to do is print, cutout and laminate these build a reindeer playdough accessories.
There are three sets of antlers and ears, plus two brown noses, and one red nose, for Rudolf!
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. It will fit to print on US ‘letter sized’ paper, just be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options to allow for printer margins.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
More Christmas Playdough Ideas
If you would like some more Christmas play dough fun check out our Christmas play dough mats.
You can buy this set of Christmas themed play dough mats in my shop.
There are six different open-ended designs ready to print and play.
They are on sale for $2.50 (US) for a limited time.
For even more fun Christmas ideas check out one of these fun activities: