Three Wise Men Play Dough Invitation to Play

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I am very excited about today's activity. I came up with it last week and have been anxious to get it put together. The kids finally let me do that today and it has been so much fun. Here is my Three Wise Men play dough invitation to play activity, just in time for the Christmas season.

A Christmas themed Three Wise Men invitation to play with homemade play dough.

There are a few different parts to this activity that need set up before you let your kids play with it. It did take me most of the morning to do, but then I had to stop a few times to take care of the baby and keep the preschooler from getting into too much trouble.

Also, yes, I do realize there were probably more than three wise men in the nativity story. You can always make more wise men to add to your tray. 🙂

Items Needed for Three Wise Men Invitation to Play

  • Hot glue gun
  • Gold glass beads
  • Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils
  • Hair conditioner
  • Corn starch
  • Wood divided bowl
  • Wood people
  • Gold glitter
  • Glitter glue
  • Green, Blue, Red, and Yellow food coloring
  • Yellow felt (I used a firmer felt that would stick up for the crowns, not regular felt)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: miniature camels (we didn't have this, but I plan on adding it)
A Christmas themed Three Wise Men invitation to play with homemade play dough.

How to Make the Frankincense & Myrrh Play Dough

I used our Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils, 1/2 cup of hair conditioner, 1 to 1 1/2 cups corn starch, and food coloring for the play dough.

For the Frankincense play dough I added a couple of drops of yellow food coloring and gold glitter and for the Myrrh I added a few drops each of green, blue, red, and yellow food coloring to make brown. Then I used 3-4 drops each of the essential oils for their corresponding dough.

This play dough is super soft and is very much like kneading bread dough. If it's still too sticky, add more corn starch.

A Christmas themed Three Wise Men invitation to play with homemade play dough.

Three Wise Men Wood People

For the three wise men, I used stiff yellow felt, 3 wooden people, hot glue, and glitter glue to make them. I cut out some of the felt and used the hot glue gun to stick it to their heads. Then I decorated with the glitter glue around the edge. I also cut crowns out of two of them.

A Christmas themed Three Wise Men invitation to play with homemade play dough.

Invitation to Play

A Christmas themed Three Wise Men invitation to play with homemade play dough.

I used a wood chip and dip bowl to put all the items on. The “Gold” pieces are just glass beads I had from some of our fall activities this past year. You will need to let the wise men dry for quite a while before the kids play with them, so you may want to make this at least the night before you plan on having your kids play with it. Otherwise the glitter glue will come off on their hands and the play dough.

Also, you can add the miniature camels and do animals prints in the play dough. Simply set it all up and let your kids take the lead and their imaginations sore!

A Christmas themed Three Wise Men invitation to play with homemade play dough.

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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  1. I like your idea it is really cute.

    Just a thought, the bible never speaks of three wise men.

    It never says how many it was. Just could be misleading to young children if taught that way.

    Still love the idea and the items to be used are engaging to little minds.

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