Gingerbread playdough

Add a festive twist to the classic playdough recipe and throw some Christmas-inspired fun into the mix with this Gingerbread Playdough!

Gingerbread playdough


If your kids are going stir crazy during the holiday season, this Gingerbread playdough may be the answer! 

We love homemade playdough recipes for a few very simple reasons; kids always have fun playing with it, it's easy to whip up, and you can customise your playdough's theme depending on your little's one current interests. 

In this case, my little ones are all about Christmas! So, what better way to make them happy than by combining the holiday classic gingerbread and playdough!

Gingerbread playdough recipe

If you're stocking up on Gingerbread-themed crafts and activities, check this Gingerbread Cloud Dough Recipe, this Salt Dough Gingerbread Man and this Paper Gingerbread House Craft. We also love the Cardboard Gingerbread Man Craft that comes with a template and the Cardboard Gingerbread House Ornament!

Homemade Gingerbread Playdough Recipe For Kids

Gingerbread playdough - Supplies:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour

Gingerbread playdough recipe - Directions:

STEP 1: Prepare your ingredients.

Gather all the ingredients listed above! 

Gingerbread playdough ingredients

Start by mixing the water with the salt, oil, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and ginger in a saucepan. 

homemade gingerbread playdough recipe

Cook this mixture over a medium heat level until it reaches boiling point.

How to make gingerbread playdough

STEP 2: Mix & Mix!

When the mixture it's boiling, lower the heat and add the flour as you stir quickly. Continue to beating the mixture until you see the dough pulling away from the saucepan, forming a ball. 

If you see small chunks of flour, don't worry! We'll take care of that in the next few steps.

baking playdough

STEP 3: Let it cool.

Take the saucepan away from the heat and put the dough onto a wax sheet to cool for a few minutes.

gingerbread dough

STEP 4: Knead time!

Once the gingerbread playdough has cooled a little and it's not too hot to the touch, it's time to knead! Invite the kids if you want them involved; they'll be delighted!

Roll and knead until you see all those little flour lumps blend into the playdough.

gingerbread play dough

STEP 5: Store it.

Before playing with this gingerbread playdough, store it in an airtight plastic bag and pop it into the refrigerator for a little while, so it has time to cool down and improve the texture.

Gingerbread playdough

Now it's time to play with your gingerbread playdough. Gather all your Christmas decorations and use them as accessories as you play with your new homemade playdough. 

Gingerbread playdough recipe

We hope you have tons of fun enjoying some wonderful time with your little ones playing with this gingerbread playdough!

Homemade playdough recipe. Gingerbread playdough.

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