Gingerbread Play Dough12:00
We've got a bit of a thing for gingerbread at this time of year, especially after making our favourite Salt Dough Gingerbread Photo Keepsakes last year. So we've been very busy making gingerbread play dough and playing with it for the past few days. Such a fun way to spend a cold day inside being nice and cosy whilst we play and learn.
Making Gingerbread Play Dough
- 2 cups flour (whole wheat or buckwheat flour are good for the colour)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 tbsp oil (I use sunflower oil)
- mixing bowl and spoon
Gingerbread Play Dough Invitation to Create
- gingerbread play dough
- rolling pin
- cookie cutters
- gems and sequins
I set up the tray on the table for each of the children to have a turn at making some play dough gingerbread people. This is intended to be their own free time to create with no rules and guidelines from me.
They were able to take the ball of gingerbread play dough that I gave them, use their rolling pin to roll it out flat and then use their gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut it out. This was all done independently by both Ivy (2 1/2) and Ethan (5). You can see the difference in their abilities to roll out the dough flat and thin, but both had a real go at it and lots of fun decorating their gingerbread people.
Ethan chose to make a few different gingerbread people that really looked like gingerbread men, with eyes, nose, mouth and buttons. Whilst Ivy prefers to be a bit more abstract and just put gems all over her gingerbread people.
Playing and Learning with Gingerbread Play Dough
The great thing about this activity is that it is open ended and the children can take apart their play dough gingerbread people and make new ones over and over again. They're working on skills like coordination, hand strength and creativity without even knowing it and having lots of fun. Not to mention the smell of the gingerbread play dough is absolutely fantastic!
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