Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Crafts: Gingerbread Playdough

Since becoming a mom, honoring Christmas traditions from my past and making new memories with my family has become even more important to me than ever before. Children grow up so quickly and there are only a few precious years to really enjoy the magic of the Christmas season. Eli is finally at the age where he is understanding Christmas and I've really enjoyed reading the Nativity story to him, taking walks to see Christmas lights and helping him usher in this season of Advent.

Nothing smells more like Christmas than gingerbread and watching Eli make "cookies" for Santa is just about the sweetest thing I've ever seen. This dough will keep well in a sealed container for several weeks but I have found that it needs to be aired out every other day in order for it to keep the playdough consistency, as it seems to absorb humidity from the air and become too sticky otherwise.

This playdough would also make an adorable Christmas gift for the little people in your life-just fill a plastic jar with the dough and top it off with a Christmas cookie cutter tied around the lid with a festive ribbon.  Easy peasy, play. I hope you'll enjoy this activity as much as we have!





Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract {optional}
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan whisk together dry ingredients. Next mix in the water, oil, and vanilla extract and stir until a thick batter is formed. Cook the mixture over low/medium heat until a thick dough forms. Turn out onto parchment paper and knead until smooth. Makes about 2 cups of dough.
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