This post is for letter “G” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series, click here to see all posts.
With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve been busily making all sorts of playdough invitations to play (for those of you that follow us at The Art Kit, you know how much we love playdough activities!). Today we’re excited to share our gingerbread playdough invitation to play.
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What You’ll Need
- 1 cup flour
- 2-3 tablespoons cream of tarter
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Cooking pot
- Wooden mixing spoon
- Mini rolling pin
- Gingerbread cookie cutter
- Gingerbread decorations (googly eyes, bows, beads, buttons, etc.)
- Divided tray (optional)
What to Do
- Begin by whipping up a batch of our one-pot playdough:
- Mix the following ingredients together in a cooking pot:
–1 cup flour
–2-3 tablespoons cream of tarter
–1/4 cup salt
–1 tsp cinnamon
–1 tsp ginger
–1 tsp nutmeg
–1 tablespoon oil
–1 cup water
- Once all the ingredients have been mixed, cook them over medium heat while mixing continuously. The playdough mixture will start melting down and then, after a few minutes, it will start to ball up and pull away from the sides of the pot (and your arm muscles will start to ache!); that’s when you know your dough is cooked. It’s okay if some areas are still a bit sticky looking. For the most part, however, it should look like playdough.
- Once the playdough has cooled, knead it a bit, then place it in your divided tray along with the other play materials and allow your child to create.
The kids had such a blast with this activity and the room smelled so good! We love using natural ingredients in our playdough recipes.
After making several gingerbread boys and girls, the kids spent hours making gingerbread cakes, which turned into an imaginary baking competition. We just love how open ended this activity is and it’s so great to see where their imaginations take them! No matter how many playdough activities we’ve done, the little ones always come up with a new creative activity to make out of it.
Dana is a homeschooling mama to her sweet little ones and owner of The Art Kit, where she blogs about all things crafty. Join the adventure and discover some new favorite activities- follow on Facebook and Pinterest or sign up for The Art Kit’s newsletter and gain access to the free resource library filled with fun and educational printables.
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