Homemade Gingerbread Playdough

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I’ve made homemade gingerbread playdough a few times for the boys over the years, and it’s taken me a few attempts to refine it. Sometimes it has been too sticky; other times it has been too dry but I think this recipe for gingerbread playdough is just right!

Homemade gingerbread playdough is perfect for this time of year. It smells just like Christmas – warm and comforting, with a hint of spice. I’ve also found that the kids seem to have much more fun and use their imagination much more with one colour playdough than they do with multiple tubs of brightly coloured commercially bought playdough.

This recipe for homemade gingerbread playdough should last a few weeks if kept in an air-tight container.

Homemade gingerbread playdough

homemade gingerbread playdough


  • 1 mug of plain flour (note, I used an average size mug)
  • 1/2 mug of table salt
  • 1/2 mug of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground ginger

Add the plain flour and the table salt and mix it together. Add the vegetable oil, water, and spices and combine until it forms a soft dough.

Thats’s it – that is how simple it is to make homemade gingerbread playdough!

This was the first time Elizabeth has used playdough, and it was a hit. I put it on her table with some loose parts – mostly natural wood discs, pinecones, and wooden sticks – and left her to it to see what she would do with it. She immediately got the sticks and pressed them into the dough before realising how squidgy the playdough felt.

The boys were left entirely to do it, getting theit own resources and accessories to use. Half of the kitchen ended up on the table, with lots of pretend cooking going on. Ben also took the opportunity to get his diggers out and use them with the playdough – after all, the colour was almost sandy!

I’ll be sharing more homemade playdough recipes on here in the next few weeks, so watch this space!

5 thoughts on “Homemade Gingerbread Playdough”

  1. I’ve never heard of gingerbread play doh before, it sounds amazing although I think my twins would probably eat it instead of play with it

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