Cranberry playdough is one of our favourite playdough options for the winter months. Not only do the natural colours look gorgeous, it’s a great way to use the leftover water from any cranberry sauce you make at home.
As you probably know by now, I’m a huge believer in following the seasons. Seasonal play helps children to connect to the world around them and understand the passing of time in a hands-on way. We create activities such as cranberry playdough as part of our seasonal rhythm.
To my followers in the United States, I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families tomorrow. And if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, this natural cranberry playdough recipe will help you to celebrate winter with some seasonal play.
How to make Cranberry playdough
For this recipe, we used our basic playdough recipe but substitute water for cranberry water (saved over after boiling cranberries to make sauce). As an alternative, you could also used the water left over from a can of cranberries.
Homemade Play Dough Care Tips
Without cream of tartar, the dough would get crumbly fast, but now we have lovely soft, smooth play dough again – yay!
You’ve gone to the effort of making the play dough, you need to store in correctly. We tend to wrap ours in ziplock bags (which we reuse for new batches) then we seal the dough inside a IKEA GLIS container.
Generally speaking, keeping the dough in a cool dry place will be enough to make it last for up to 4 weeks. However, in the summer we have occasionally kept the dough in the fridge to stop it from going sticky.
What to do with dry dough:
How to prevent sticky dough:
As mentioned previously, my daughter was just over 2 years old when I first made play dough WITH her. Before that, she just played with the batches I made up.
You need to make sure that your child is past the stage where they put everything in their mouths. This will depend on the child. With my daughter, I could do all of these activities with her from around the age of 12 months yet her younger brother was around 2.5 when he stopped putting everything in his mouth!
To note, until your child gets used to these types of activities, you can absolutely guarantee a huge mess. This is partly due to the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Don’t worry though, the more they are exposed to sensory / messy play, the tidier they eventually become!
Regardless of age, this activity should be done under supervision.
Activity Ideas for Homemade Cranberry Playdough
Play dough is such a brilliant resource for building hand strength and fine motor skills. Even if you child simply squishes and rolls the dough, it will be an excellent activity!
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More Sensory Play Activities
If you enjoyed this blog post on how to make cranberry playdough, you might also enjoy some of our other sensory play ideas too: