Christmas Spice Mix

There’s nothing like the magic of Christmas, especially through the eyes of a child. One of the ways we’ve been preparing ourselves for the season is by making a spice mix to use in both cooking and play dough recipes. Here it is below:

You will need:

We put in a teaspoon each of:

  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Chocolate powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Lemon peel extract
  • Orange peel extract
  • Cloves
  • Pestle and mortar
  • Teaspoon
  • Spice jar

What to do:

I honestly just let Z (almost 4) direct this activity. I laid out the spices as shown above and she added them to the pestle and mortar. It was a great way for her to use her sense of smell to adjust the recipe to her liking.

We then poured the mix into a spice jar to use in baking and for play dough too.

Age Recommendations:

This activity is best suited for children who are aged 3 and over. Just be wary of nutmeg as it is a hallucinogenic.


  • Early math skills: counting teaspoons, measuring
  • Sensory: identifying the scents (just be careful with the nutmeg!)
  • Hand-eye coordination: scooping and pouring
  • Fine motor skills: holding the teaspoon
  • Language development: describing / identifying each ingredient
  • The World Around Us: building up an association with Christmas

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