Gingerbread Play Dough…A Holiday Play Dough that Smells and Looks Just Like the Real Thing!

title                        “And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.”  ~William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost

Today we wanted to make gingerbread cookies without the sugar and calories that come along with that. So we made them with play dough. Not the quite the same, you say? Maybe not…but pretty close. Our dough smelled so much like gingerbread dough that the smalls asked if we were going to be able to eat them after! I explained to them that this gingerbread dough was for making cookies that we can squish up and make all over again. And again. And then again! We could have MANY days of cookie-making!

Here is the recipe we made…recipe

Now this activity is chock full of small-motor skill practice. Little toddler fingers get a work-out! Have a look and see what I mean…rollingoutthedoughcutoutssmallmotor2tearingthedoughsmallmotorpracticebuttonplacement2buttonplacementbuttonplacement3You see? And all the while, my kitchen was filling up with the delicious scent of homemade gingerbread. I added a tiny tart tin with cups for some added baking fun AND more small motor practice for our toddlers…muffintinsSuch happy, busy little bakers!busybakersAnd when my own kids came home from school, they hadn’t missed out on the “baking process”…they could start their own cookie-making! So much better than coming home and all the fun is over. This activity can be enjoyed by many smalls, for many happy holiday afternoons!doughrolloutcookiepressedThanks for stopping by!

~Arlee, Small Potatoes

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8 thoughts on “Gingerbread Play Dough…A Holiday Play Dough that Smells and Looks Just Like the Real Thing!

  1. Pingback: Play Dough Gingerbread People | Mama. Papa. Bubba.

  2. I love love love your ideas!!! 🙂 Thank you thank you for sharing AND most of all NOT charging! I’m a special education teacher in Frankfort , IL and have spent enough on classroom supplies for my kiddos. Its so nice to have someone who is kindly sharing their ideas!

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