Gingerbread Scented Play-dough Recipe
Full disclosure. I did NOT invent the idea of “play-dough themed” sensory play. I’ve seen several ideas bouncing around Pinterest for years, but today seemed like a great day to give it a try, and I loved making this play-dough not just look like gingerbread, but I added some of my favorite spices to make it actually smell like Christmas! I am especially excited that we added orange essential oil. It added the perfect citrus scent in addition to the classic gingerbread smells.
To make your Gingerbread Play-dough you will need:
- 2 cups flour
- 4 tsp cream of tarter
- 3/4 cup salt
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 6 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 3 tsp cloves
- 2 tsp ginger
- 4-6 drops orange essential oil (based on citrus preference)
- For a darker brown color you could use some brown food coloring paste, we just went natural. It’s up to you!
Instructions for Gingerbread Play-dough:
In a medium size pan combine all your dry ingredients. Whisk together gently. Turn pan to medium heat, and add luke warm water and melted coconut oil. Now stir with a wooden spoon continuously, until the mixture forms a ball. Once a ball forms transfer the play-dough into a gallon size ziplock bag. Allow mixture to cool just a bit before you finish kneading the dough. Once you are finished kneading assess your scent, if it needs a bit more you could knead it in at this time.
Now it’s time to play!
I found all these adorable “ornaments” at Hobby Lobby in their miniature tree aisle. We just cut off the strings and used them to decorate. I also got out a miniature rolling pin, and my kids love these miniature pie pans for all sorts of creations. Last but not least any cookie cutters you would like!
For some more winter sensory play fun check out this snow dough recipe!