DIY Gingerbread Playdough

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Photo: Rebecca Green

Right about now I start diving in deep on holiday planning. I love to cook all day and while the kids love to help too, I always try to plan ahead and set out a few fun activities for them to do while they’re waiting for the holiday meal. Our gingerbread playdough recipe will make your entire house smell delicious! The kids loved decorating the “cookies” and they got to get in on the holiday cooking without leaving me with an entire plate of cookies to eat. An all around win.


4 cups flour
4 cups water
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons cooking oil
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground cloves – a drop of brown food coloring

Optional accessories:

gingerbread people cookie cutters
rolling pin
decorative bits such as buttons, googley eyes, sequins, gems, etc.


Combine ingredients through food coloring and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until most of the moisture is absorbed (it should take about 5-7 minutes). Let it cool on some wax paper. Have the kids roll the dough and cut out gingerbread people to decorate!

Rebecca Green is an author, freelance writer, blogger, and recovering lawyer. Her first book, "Banish Boredom: Activities to Do with Kids That You'll Actually Enjoy," was published in July 2016. Rebecca writes freelance and blogs creative family activities, healthy lifest‌yle topics, and on the general tomfoolery of raising children. 

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