We love play dough in our house! We always make our own homemade play dough because it is seriously the easiest thing ever to make and it turns out so soft and amazing every single time! Trust me, I cannot cook or bake well, but I can make play dough! And honestly, I just find the homemade play dough so much better than the store bought version.

This year as part of our 25 Days of Christmas Play Post, I decided to try to make some gingerbread play dough. So, you better believe I was thrilled when it turned out absolutely amazing. Not only was the playdough soft and lovely, it smelled heavenly!

So today, I wanted to share our amazing Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe with you! It is the perfect activity for the holidays!

The Easiest Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe Ever!


  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 2 teaspoon of Cream of Tar Tar
  • 1/2 a cup of Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Vegetable Oil (or any other cooking oil)
  • 1 Cup of Boiled Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of ground Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon

This is a no cook recipe however you will need a kettle or pot to boil some water! Otherwise it is literally just pouring and mixing until you get the right consistency

The Easiest Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe Ever!


Begin by boiling your water. I use an electric kettle but a good ol pot on the stove will work just fine! While your water is boiling combine all other ingredients in a bowl.

Once your water is boiled, add small amounts of the boiled water to your ingredients and stir as you add. Continue until all water is added (1 CUP total). You will have to stir well, it takes a while to get to the play dough consistency. Adjust as needed. Sometimes I add a bit more water, flour, or oil to get to the consistency I like. If it is too sticky, I will add a bit more flour and oil. If it is too dry, I add a bit more water and maybe a little oil. Once it cools down a bit it helps to work it with your hands as well.

Once we had our play dough made, we added some cookie cutters and other play dough tools for a fun pretend cookie baking activity!

The Easiest Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe Ever!

Play dough can be used for 4+ weeks. Probably longer but I usually toss after about a month or two. Store your play dough in a sealed container or zip lock bag to keep it soft! You can also store it in the fridge to increase the amount of time it will last!

We also have a post for our regular home made play dough, which is basically the exact same minus the cinnamon and ginger! We also usually add food colouring when making regular dough. You can find that post HERE.

Lastly, if you love play dough like we do, you may be interested in this post: 7 Inviting Play Dough Trays to Try With Your Child





How to Make Gingerbread Play Dough