Gingerbread Man and Girl Playdough Fun

Baking and making gingerbread cookies are part of the holiday celebrations and lend themselves to all sorts of sensory experiences. Make some gingerbread scented play dough together with your children. Then, let them have fun with the play dough on our gingerbread man and gingerbread girl play dough mats. This fun gingerbread man play dough fine-motor skill activity will be a feast for the senses. 

What you need:
Gingerbread Man Mat printables
Play dough in different colors
Decorations: small pom-poms, pipe cleaners, small beads, etc.
Tin bowls
Small containers

Clear sheet protectors

FREE Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Girl Playdough Mats


What you do:

Make some no-cook homemade gingerbread scented play dough with your children (see recipe below). Place the play dough in tin bowls. Print the gingerbread man or girl printable and place inside a clear sheet protector. Gather some decoration materials and place them inside a container. 

Gingerbread Man Play dough Fine-Motor Skill Activity

Preschool Activities: 

Show children how to roll out the white play dough into small snake shapes to use for the icing. 

Preschool Activities: 

The soft play dough is perfect for children to make all kinds of icing decorations on the gingerbread man.

Next, add the candy decorations. Doesn't he look yummy?

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No-Cook Gingerbread Scented Play dough Recipe

What you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsps vegetabke oil 
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsps cream of tartar
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • Food colors
  • Plastic gloves

Measure and pour 2 cups of flour into a bowl.

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Add 1/2 cup of salt.

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Mix in 2 tbsps cream of tartar, ground ginger, and ground cinnamon.

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Add 2 tbsps of vegetable oil.

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Pour in the boiling water. 

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Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until they form the dough. 

Divide play dough into five small balls. Press your thumb in to the middle of four of the balls to make small bowls.

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Drip your food colors in to each bowl.

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Put on the plastic gloves and knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed. (This is the messy part. Make sure you're over a sink or have your hands inside a large bucket so that you don't stain anything.) 

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Place the play dough inside small baggies or small plastic containers.


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