The Sugar Plum fairy is our favourite character from The Nutcracker story. Not only have we been reading all about her in the book but also listening to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. So it seemed ideal to make some music inspired sensory dough to play with after we had read the story!

Recipe for a sensory dough based around the Christmas Story of The Nutcracker. This Sugar Plum sensory dough is soft and easy to make.

Sugar Plum Sensory Dough Recipe

Please note that this is NOT an edible dough so should NOT be used unsupervised or with children who like to taste/eat the dough!

Materials needed to make Sugar Plum Sensory Dough

  • 2 Boxes of cornflour (cornstarch)
  • Oat based moisturising body lotion (we use this as it is good for sensitive skin prone to eczema – you could use ordinary lotion)
  • White and silver glitter
  • Plum essence
  • Purple paint

How to Make Sugar Plum Sensory Dough

  1. First, add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl.
  2. Then, add the moisturising body lotion and 5ml to 10 ml of plum essence and mix together with a spoon.
  3. Keep adding moisturising lotion to the mixture until it is the same texture as pastry crumble.
  4. Next, divide the mixture into two and add a few drops of purple paint and silver glitter to one portion, knead it well until you have a glittery, purple dough.
  5. Add silver and white glitter to the other portion to create a white glittery dough.

Recipe for a sensory dough based around the Christmas Story of The Nutcracker. This Sugar Plum sensory dough is soft and easy to make.

Ideas for playing with this sensory dough

We use a large silver tray and put both doughs onto it, but you can use a covered table or ordinary tray. We also provide a variety of tools such as spoons, forks and butter knives (not sharp knives) as well as some cupcake liners, sparkly jewels and ribbons. We also had some cookie cutters and chocolate moulds to hand as well.

Recipe for a sensory dough based around the Christmas Story of The Nutcracker. This Sugar Plum sensory dough is soft and easy to make.

This dough smells really nice and looks fabulous too.

Recipe for a sensory dough based around the Christmas Story of The Nutcracker. This Sugar Plum sensory dough is soft and easy to make.

It is ideal for creating imaginary cakes, sweets and other fancies. Although it is crumbly in texture it can be moulded into different shapes. Eventually, the white and purple dough becomes mixed into a lighter purple/lilac dough and can be kept for a day or two before it needs replacing.

Recipe for a sensory dough based around the Christmas Story of The Nutcracker. This Sugar Plum sensory dough is soft and easy to make.

To add to the experience why not play The Nutcracker Suite or just the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the background – and the ideal way to engage and delight the sense of sight, smell, touch and hearing too! Perfect for those frosty days in the lead up to Christmas!

Recipe for a sensory dough based around the Christmas Story of The Nutcracker. This Sugar Plum sensory dough is soft and easy to make.

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Helen Newberry runs Witty Hoots and is a published author, art historian as well as a former primary school teacher.

Big Owl Little Owl has developed into a whole section of Witty Hoots which is dedicated to learning, playing and making for the younger members of the family.

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Find more festive ideas on Big Owl Little Owl with a lovely Christmas Tree Calendar, a great handheld LED candle holder and a lovely Pen Holder Gift for kids to make!


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