Gingerbread Play Dough

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I used to make play dough all the time when my son was little, he loved sensory activities. Incorporating holidays and themes into your play dough is a fun way to change it up a bit.

December Ideas for Play dough: gingerbread, peppermint, pine, cranberry, sugar cookie, vanilla.

It’s been years since I’ve made play dough but I thought I would give it a go. There are lots of recipes out there, I just looked for the easiest one. Credit for this recipe goes to Play to Learn Preschool- link here. If you don’t want to make your own there are tons of Etsy shops who sell all kinds of fun themed play dough, some even have kits that come with it!

Gingerbread Play Dough


1 cup Salt / 2 cups Water / 4 Tbsp. Oil / 2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar / 1 Tbsp. Ground Ginger / 2 Tbsp. Cinnamon / 2 cups Flour


  • Mix everything except the flour in a pan.
  • Cook on the stove over medium heat, stirring well.
  • Add 2 cups of flour.
  • Reduce heat and stir vigorously until the dough forms a ball.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Let the dough cool and knead well.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • It will last a few months.

*You can see mine has some lumps in it…no biggie.

Add cookie cutters and rolling pins…fun for everyone!

Homemade play dough also makes a great gift so I designed a FREE printable. Everything looks cuter in a mason jar right?

I included a little gingerbread print topper that can be used for the mason jar lid as well as a tag. I included a list of the ingredients on the tag just in case you need to watch out for any allergies. After I took pictures for this blog post I thought it might be a good idea to add a “do not eat” message on the tag as well! lol!

The cutest! Add a little twine and a gingy cookie cutter!

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