After making our gingerbread house yesterday, I thought the kids would like to make gingerbread play dough. As I expected, it was a hit! All of the kids enjoyed playing with it today, and we will pull it back out for our Christmas play date this weekend.
Note: We’ve used this recipe over and over again, and I snapped a few updated photos when we made it for a class holiday party recently, so you’ll see two different variations for this play dough invitation within this post.
Materials for Gingerbread Play Dough
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We started with a basic play dough recipe. To give it a gingerbread scent, we added:
I think adding all of those dry spices made the dough a little more crumbly than the original recipe so I added a little bit more oil and glycerin. That seems to have fixed it.
Setting Up the Play Dough Invitation
If you’re using this as a holiday activity you can use more holiday colors like we did in the invitation pictured above. However, gingerbread does not have to be a holiday theme. In the classroom I enjoyed using the gingerbread theme in January as we transitioned back into our school routine after the holidays. In that case I used bright multi-colored items instead of holiday colors.
Here are some items you might consider setting out with your gingerbread play dough:
- Dough cutters-We pulled our gingerbread cutters from this set.
- Dough tools
- Tinsel Stems trimmed to assorted lengths
- Red and green buttons
- Beaded necklaces trimmed to assorted lengths
- Holiday colored metallic pony beads
- Googly eyes
- Holiday colored paillettes sequins (They carry a multicolored pack at our craft store, and I just pulled out the red, green, silver, and gold.)
- Colorful buttons
- Assorted rhinestones
- Tinsel pom poms
I added some gingerbread cookie cutters and embellishments to our tray, and the kids spent a lot of time playing.
There are many more terrific play dough ideas in this Montessori-Inspired Christmas Play Dough Activities post from Living Montessori Now.
Have you made any holiday play dough this year?