We’ve been a bit obsessed with gingerbread around here lately – gingerbread printables, gingerbread decorating, and also gingerbread playdough!

This was probably the first Christmasy thing I did for the kids in late November, simply because it is so easy and they are entertained for ages and ages with playdough. Add some yummy smelling spices, a rolling pin, cookie cutters and buttons to the mix and they love it even more.

To make your gingerbread playdough I used my favourite cooked playdough recipe and added some cinnamon, ginger and cloves and it smells wonderful! {about a tsp of each} I also added some brown food colouring to get the lovely gingerbready colour.

Gingerbread Playdough:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of water
1 Tb cream of tartar
1 Tb cooking oil
1tsp each of ground cinnamon, ginger and clove
brown food coloring
Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until it becomes thick. Remove from heat and allow to cool a little before giving it a good knead.

I find it helps A LOT if I use a whisk while the mix is still very liquidy at first, this helps to avoid lumps and to evenly disperse the colour.

Once cool I let the kids at it, and this time gave them buttons to help them decorate their gingerbread creations. 

Is playdough a hit at your house? What other scents have you tried? We also love lavender and made peppermint last Christmas!