Saturday, 8 January 2011

gingerbread playdough

I made some gingerbread playdough for the kids, a little stocking filler for Christmas.. completely inspired by Christy’s gingerbread playdough over at from glitter to gumdrops..

When I came to make it (on Christmas Eve) I realised I had neglected to buy the cream of tarter necessary for Christy’s recipe.. a moment of panic, then google to the rescue! I figured there must be other recipes for playdough right? Yes indeed! There are many! I found this site with a multitude of recipes for playdough..

I decided to try the simplest sounding one – oatmeal playdough.. all you need is flour (1 cup), water (1 cup) and oats (2 cups)! I used porridge oats and ground them fine first in a food processor.. I added ground ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice for the gingerbread ‘flavour’. You simply stir together the dry ingredients and add water and food colouring (I used a little yellow and red colouring added to my cup of water) gradually until you have a dough, then knead it and add a little flour and/or water as necessary until you have the desired consistency! Easy as pie – or should I say gingerbread!

As an afterthought I decided to add some coppery glitter, it really did smell good enough to eat (it isn’t – I tried – before adding the glitter!), I thought the glitter would look pretty and put the kids off eating it!

I had bought some cookie cutters, cute gingerbread men and snowflake buttons, and mini cutter embellishments with this little project in mind.. I wrapped the gingerbread dough in cling film, one lump for each child (and some left over which I wrapped and put in the fridge for later), and placed in some empty body butter pots I have been saving..

Lastly I printed out some labels to stick on the lids..

What an easy gift, the kids loved it, and it was super quick and simple to make! Thanks Christy!


  1. what a great gift for kids! and oooo i would have fun with all these little extras inside. these would make super party favours, wouldn't they? great stuff anji!

  2. Such a great idea - the gingerbread variety. I remember making a bright green, but rather plain batch one year for the birthday of one of my boys and think I enjoyed handling it almost as much as he did! Good idea on adding glitter or you might have seen the lumps getting smaller and smaller. :-)

  3. Those turned out SOOOOO cute! I LOVE all the little doodads you added! That gave me a great idea for Valentine's Day gifting for my niece!

  4. I have never heard of such a thing as gingerbread play dough. That is a genius idea. I have so much to learn when it comes to kids...


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