How to Make Gingerbread Play Dough

Let’s Make Gingerbread Playdough

Kids love to help in the kitchen.  My kids help when I cook dinner.  He has his own apron and Knife Set.  With this, they can help make the dough and then play with it!!  This recipe uses food as ingredients.  Some of the best time to make dough is when the weather is bad.  Kids get cooped up in the house and want something to do.  It’s too cold to go out so enjoy making this Gingerbread Play Dough together.  This dough is simple to make and has the added benefit of smelling great.  You can give your kids some Cookie Cutters to make fun objects.  Here is how to make Gingerbread Playdough.

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My son, 6 years old, didn’t want to make the play dough.  Once I took out the ingredients he then wanted to help.  He’s played with the dough for close to an hour.  As you see in the pictures he was having a great time.  We saved the gingerbread playdough in a plastic bag.

Get your kids involved and cooking in the kitchen any time you can.  Kids being in the kitchen has tons of benefits that will last a lifetime.

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Making and playing with playdough is a perfect way to build fine motor skills.  Playdough is a terrific tool to help develop hand muscles. Rolling, shaping and using cookie cutters are all fine motor skills.  For more fine motor activities that you can do right at home today, sign up below!



The dough is smooth and soft.  This dough is easy to play with.  Finally, here is how to make Gingerbread Playdough.

Making Gingerbread Play Dough

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of water

Mix all ingredients together and knead until smooth.  Play and have fun. Keep in a Ziploc bag to use next time.





Troubleshooting when making Gingerbread Play Dough:


If you feel the playdough is a bit ttoosticky you can add more flour.  Also, make sure to put flour on the counter.


Ingredients to make gingerbread play dough Ingredients


gingerbread play dough in a red kitchen bowlFinished Dough


Young boy in blue pajamas playing with gingerbread play dough
Having Fun on this cold day


Young boy molding gingerbread play dough

Having fun on this cold day!



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While your cooking in the kitchen, let your kids play with this Gingerbread Play-doh. This is a perfect independent activity.  This will keep them busy so you have a bit of time to get things done.  Better yet, allow yourself to sit a minute and have a cup of coffee.


Having some activities on hand that your kids can do independently is huge.  It allows you to get dinner ready or wash the dishes when they are playing right near you.


Buy your kids their own Kids Cooking Set to make cooking with you and helping in the kitchen more fun.


If you made this gingerbread playdough I would love to see pictures.  Comment below or share with me on facebook your kids playing with gingerbread playdough.


Share with me how much your kids loved this new playdough.


  1. Perfect! We make play doh in my Pre-K classroom (the kids LOVE helping to make it!). This is going to smell so good – I’m glad we’ll be making it ourselves. I bet one of them will sneak a bite and – while it won’t be delicious – at least it will be safe! 😉

    1. kidtalk11 says:

      Hello Becky, I’m so glad you like the Gingerbread recipe. It’s so easy to make. The kids will love it. Let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear from you. I will be posting tons of ideas for pre-school so please check back. Look at the winter crafts, they would be perfect for a pre-school class. Happy New Year!

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