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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults Gingerbread playdough recipe & a gift bag topper.
We find the
subtle scent of spiced ginger in late autumn a wonderful hint at the festive celebrations to come and this dough activity is perfect for anytime or as a handmade, planned / last minute gift. The recipe suggests using a gingerbread fragrance oil that will help to concentrate the aroma and to add a glittery, nutmeg and cinnamon dusting to bring the Yuletide season to life! 

Gingerbread playdough activity ideas

Recipe ingredients
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Edible gingerbread playdough:

300gm plain flour
3tbs olive oil
2tsp ground ginger
1tsp ground cinnamon
Water to mix

Non-edible scented playdough:
200g plain flour
150g salt
300ml water  
1 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp oil (baby, olive or vegetable)
 a few drops of gingerbread fragrance oil
 brown food colouring

Optional: hand cream / body lotion

To make the gift bags you'll need

A5 sized grip seal bags  and smaller  

Gingerbread person cutter                    

Decorations such as: buttons, ric rac braiding, black and red pony beads, curling ribbon, gold glitter

Access to a hole punch  

Gingerbread bag topper printable

Click to vew the full sized gingerbread playdough gift bag topper

Recipe ingredients to make gingerbread playdough  

Buy gingerbread scented fragrance oil on
Buy left and right handed children's safety scissors on
Buy gingerbread people cookie dough cutters on
Make the dough by combing the flour, salt, water, oil, cream of tartar and food colouring in a pan and cooking over a medium heat.  As the dough comes together into a ball and begins to leave the sides of the pan it will also darken a little in colour and lose all of its sticky appearance.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Knead, adding, if wanted, some hand moisturiser to soften it.

Prepare for play by sprinkling the mound with gold glitter and grated spice. Set up the cutters, rolling pins, scissors, beads and curling ribbon, step back and see what happens ...

To give the dough as a gift. 
resouces fora handmade gingerbread playdough gift bagh
Print the topper and source an A5 size bag + 1 smaller, a gingerbread cookie cutter, a selection of ric rac, pony beads, buttons and curling ribbon.

Mould the dough into a ball, roll it in the glittery spice then place it inside the A5 bag.

Choose the decorations and place them inside the smaller bag, then in the A5 along with the gingerbread person cutter.

Attach the paper or card gingerbread playdough topper with a hole punch and curling ribbon

Print the topper to paper or card and fold in half along the dividing line. Cut out.

Position the topper over the sealed edge of the A5 bag and hole punch each corner securing it in place with short lengths of curling ribbon or string.

Squashed inside this bag of fun is dough to roll and shape.
Two little eyes, a curve for a smile and a body that wants to escape ..

Finished gingerbread play dough gift ready for Christmas wrapping

 An alternative to handmade dough is to enjoy tubs of play-doh

Buy wavy ric rac ribbon braid on
Buy collage - loose media part buttons on


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