Here’s a wonderfully easy, beautifully scented gingerbread play dough recipe that takes just minutes to make, makes the house smell so much like Christmas and is a great DIY gift to give to friends!
GINGERBREAD PLAY DOUGH RECIPE:
- 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3 tablespoons any oil
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup of boiling water (added gradually)
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 5 drops of glycerine for extra shine!
- Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
- Always use real measuring cups like these![Amazon affiliate links]
Mix all of the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the oil. Stir in the boiling water and allow to cool briefly. Knead it into a workable dough on a floured surface using your hands. After a few minutes it should be soft and smooth and none should come off on your fingers. If it’s still a little sticky then add more flour, one tablespoon at a time until it’s just right! Finally, add the glycerine for that extra smooth softness and shine.
This is best played with still warm as it feels wonderful and smells so aromatic! I still think there’s nothing better than a batch of fresh play dough for calming and engaging young children and this gingerbread play dough recipe is my favourite of all for sensory rich play.
Ideas of ways to play with gingerbread play dough:
* add gingerbread men cookie cutters and rolling pins and pretend to make real gingerbread men and “bake” them in a pretend oven. Role play being bakers and sell them in bakery shop pretend play!
* set out some buttons, beads and googly eyes and use them to add features to the gingerbread men. We used some buttons from my Mum’s vast collection and it was fun to share with the girls that some of them had come from clothes that had belonged to their great grandmother!
* read the story of The Gingerbread Man alongside the activity and retell the story as you play. This is a fantastic play activity to try after reading that traditional tale as play dough is perfect for storytelling. Say the repeated refrain “run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!” while you play.
This gingerbread play dough recipe makes a FANTASTIC homemade Christmas gift! Make some for a preschooler and present it in an airtight jar, along with a gingerbread man cookie cutter and the recipe and ideas for play printed onto card, threaded onto ribbon. You could even include a collection of interesting buttons and beads too, to add to the fun! Here are 30 DIY Gifts to Make for Kids if you would like more inspiration too!
It’s also a great seller at a School Christmas Fair fundraiser event. Try making it to sell alongside our Gingerbread Slime too!
- sensory: explore malleable materials using hands, discuss smells and what they make us think of
- motor skills: small muscle hand development by pushing, squeezing, rolling, flattening and cutting dough
- literacy: retell stories in the correct sequence using storybook language, identify main characters from stories
- maths: count objects accurately up to 10 and beyond, weighing, measuring and capacity
Check out my full PLAY DOUGH RECIPE COLLECTION here for loads more variations, scents and themes!
I hope you love this gingerbread play dough recipe and that it becomes a firm part of your Christmas traditions too!
Mommy Cameron @ Raising the Cameron Clan says
I can’t wait to make this for my boys! Thanks for sharing.
Emma @mummymummymum says
That looks amazing, my children would want to eat it though. There is a great recipe for gingerbread on my blog if you need one 🙂
Michael Ann says
GREAT ideas!! Never seen this recipe and am eager to make it and bring it to preschool! I’m sure hte kids will love it.
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
That’s because I made it up Michael Ann! but I’m sure others have done something similar! Hope your kids at preschool love it 🙂
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas says
we are making some next week for our gingerbread week & I can’t wait – I LOVE the smell of ginger & cinnamon!!! 🙂
What a great idea…such inspiration every time i visit here…thankyou!
Oh how lovely! I LOVE all your old buttons, how wonderful! And I can just see that all the gingerbread cutting was lots of fun. Mmmh.
Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty 😉
What a fun idea!
Going shopping for the ingredients today; thank you! 😀
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Bernadette, I look forward to seeing yours in your gingerbread week! We are all about the gingerbread man right now too so have a few more things we are doing this next week or so! Be great to be inspired by you x
So cute! We made peppermint glitter play dough for a post that’ll run this coming week. I had a really hard time keeping my kid from eating it! I wouldn’t have normally minded but ours had glitter in it! haha! But yours? He can eat all he wants and I wouldn’t worry! Please consider linking up to my Homemade Christmas linky! People will love your post!
Wow that sounds yummy and fun! What a great idea! I’m also excited about your addition of glycerin to the dough. I’ll definitely have to try that! Thank you for posting!
I have passed the versatile blogger award on to you.
What a wonderful recipe. We made it for a group of primary girls and added cloves and cinnamon sticks to the buttons for decoration. The moms loved it too!
Deb Chitwood says
Thanks for the recipe … and I love all the extension activities! I featured your photo and post in my Montessori-Inspired Christmas Playdough Activities at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/11/26/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-christmas-playdough-activities/
The Iowa Farmer's Wife says
making this tomorrow morning!!! saw it today on Montessori Monday! 🙂
I want to make this tomorrow and make a b atch for me and a batch for preK class. Thansk!
We are making this over the weekend. Can’t wait! I love your other recipes too!
The Iowa Farmer's Wife says
Featured this today as one of my fav fun and frugal Christmas activities! 🙂 We loved it! http://www.theiowafarmerswife.com/2012/11/10-fun-frugal-christmas-activities.html
This is a great recipe. I am making the for my daughter’s goody bags!Thank you so much! You are my go-to play dough blog!