Creating a play dough Advent wreath is a fun Christmas time craft to do with your children this holiday season is a fun and crafty way to teach them about the Advent tradition. Each week is traditionally symbolized with a candle, that is lit on each Sunday, with another candle at the center which is lit on Christmas Day. The four candles represent hope, peace, joy and love.
The colors of the candles have also come to represent different meanings depending on the denomination. Purple is the color of penitence, blue for waiting, rose for entrance and red for celebration. Although the celebration of Advent has its roots in 16th century Germany, it wasn’t until the 1800’s that the lighting of candles on a wreath made of evergreen tree branches became a seasonal tradition.
For this project, we will be making our own safe and nontoxic dough.
- 1 cup of bleached white flour
- ¼ cup of salt
- ½ cup of water
- Food coloring (Green, yellow and red)
- 5 candles
- To make your dough combine flour, salt, and water in a large mixing bowl.
- Remove two small bits of the dough and set them aside in smaller bowls.
- Add a few drops of green food coloring to the main dough and knead until color is thoroughly dispersed.
- Repeat with red and yellow coloring.
- Create a ring using the green dough.
- Use yellow to create a ball in the center. And red to make tiny berries to use as decorations on the “wreath”
- Place four candles around the “wreath” and another in the center.
Since you might end up making a bit of a mess, especially when it comes to food coloring and tiny hands, it is a good idea to keep a stash of wipes on hand to help with the cleanups.