Gingerbread Playdough Recipe with Gingerbread Activities

Your kids will love this gingerbread playdough! This gingerbread playdough recipe not only smells amazing, but it promotes pretend play! Make gingerbread men and decorate them! This is perfect for kids of all ages regardless if you use this gingerbread playdough at home or in the classroom.

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This gingerbread playdough is great, you can make gingerbread men!

Gingerbread Playdough

What better way to get festive this year than making Christmas gingerbread man. Unfortunately, these ones are not edible, but decorating these guys are just as fun.

Plus this gingerbread playdough smells like real cookies!

But finding the perfect Christmas Preschool craft is easy when you look to the basics because you can make simple likes like this gingerbread playdough.

Playing with play dough and Gingerbread Men are a match made in Christmas activity heaven.

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Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe

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These gingerbread cookies aren’t edible, but so much fun to make!

Ingredients Needed for Gingerbread Playdough Recipe

We are going to use one of our popular playdough recipe for this craft, but adding a Christmas touch to it!

Directions To Make Gingerbread Playdough Recipe

Step 1

Pour 2 cups of  flour into a bowl along with all the spices.

Step 2


Add 1/2 cup of salt.

Step 3


Mix in 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar.

Notes:

(You can find this in the spice section of just about any grocery store.)

Step 4


Add 2 tbsp of oil. For this recipe I used vegetable oil, but you can use any oil, and as long as it’s a kitchen oil.

Step 5

Your playdough will be non-toxic and safe if a little one takes a tiny taste. The sodium level is very high, so we don’t encourage this to double as a snack.

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This gingerbread playdough is so easy to make!

Step 6


Pour in the boiling water. Be VERY careful because this makes the dough HOT!

Step 7


Mix all the ingredients together until they form the dough. At this point, if you don’t want to add any food dye to your playdough, you’re finished!

Step 8


After it’s cooled, to make several different colors of playdough, separate the dough into equal parts and roll it up into balls.

Step 9


Now, punch out the middle of the ball to leave a little bowl for you to pour your gel food dye into.

Step 10


Drip your gel dye into the bowls. This is a great time to mix dye colors if you want to make another color.

Step 11


Knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed.

Notes:

This is VERY messy! If you don’t want to stain your hands, use gloves, and make sure to put something down so you don’t stain your counter (like I did).

Our Experience Making Gingerbread Playdough

I made a batch of our home made play dough and added cocoa powder to make it a lovely golden brown color. You could add brown food coloring instead of cocoa powder if that’s what you happen to have on hand.

I also added cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger which gave the play dough the most delicious aroma.

Ginger bread playdough for preschools with buttons and beads- kids activities blog
Decorate your gingerbread men with buttons, sequins, gems, and googly eyes!

Our Experience With This Fun Gingerbread Playdough Recipe

We rolled out our play dough, and got to work cutting out our gingerbread men with our cookie cutter.

We decorated our play dough gingerbread men with googly eyes, buttons and sequins.

You could use anything you like to decorate these cute gingerbread folk – colored scraps of paper, beads, play dough in different colors that has been rolled into balls for buttons, bottle tops, colored popsicle sticks or toothpicks.

Just use your imagination and have fun!

We created so many of these sweet little gingerbread men and each one was unique. I think the green sequined shoes on the little guy in the picture above would have to be my favorite!

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Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut the playdough!

Why this Gingerbread Playdough Recipe Makes A Great Christmas Preschool Craft Ideas

Here’s a quick and simple play dough activity for the kids to try – play dough gingerbread men!

  • It’s a great sensory experience with the scent of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, and the kids can let their imaginations go wild as they decorate the gingerbread people.
  • We’ve been having lots of fun this week making Christmas themed play dough using Christmas cookie cutters.
  • After we made Christmas trees, snowflakes and baubles, we thought it would be fun to try making some ginger bread men as well.

Christmas Preschool Craft with Play Dough Gingerbread Man

Christmas Preschool Craft with Play Dough Gingerbread Man

This Gingerbread playdough is the perfect Christmas craft for preschoolers. It smells good like real cookies and you can decorate it too!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $15-$20

Materials

  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 3 Tbsp of Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Pour 2 cups of  flour into a bowl along with all the spices.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of salt.
  3. Mix in 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar. (You can find this in the spice section of just about any grocery store.)
  4. Add 2 tbsp of oil. For this recipe I used vegetable oil, but you can use any oil, and as long as it’s a kitchen oil, your playdough will be non-toxic and safe if a little one takes a tiny taste.  The sodium level is very high, so we don’t encourage this to double as a snack.
  5. Pour in the boiling water. Be VERY careful because this makes the dough HOT!
  6. Mix all the ingredients together until they form the dough. At this point, if you don’t want to add any food dye to your playdough, you’re finished!
  7. After it’s cooled, to make several different colors of playdough, separate the dough into equal parts and roll it up into balls.
  8. Now, punch out the middle of the ball to leave a little bowl for you to pour your gel food dye into.
  9. Drip your gel dye into the bowls. This is a great time to mix dye colors if you want to make another color.
  10. Knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed. This is VERY messy! If you don’t want to stain your hands, use gloves, and make sure to put something down so you don’t stain your counter (like I did).

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How did you like this gingerbread playdough recipe?

 

3 Comments

  1. Can I leave these gingerbread men out to dry and make them into ornaments? Or will it dry crumbly?

  2. Kristen Yard says:

    Hi, Rachel!
    We have not specifically tested this recipe for that, but it is based on a traditional salt dough recipe which in general has this instruction for drying:

    Set it out to dry in a warm spot overnight or if you don’t have a lot of time, you can bake the salt dough at 275 until solid.
    Here are some more homemade ornaments with dough recipes:
    https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/21445/salt-dough-craft/
    https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/48728/christmas-dough-ornaments-based-coloring-page/
    https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/115092/handprint-christmas-tree-ornament/
    https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/79762/make-your-fake-christmas-tree-smell-like-a-real-tree/

    You could also add the spice smell to any of those recipes or use essential oils! I hope that helps!

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