Monday, December 03, 2012

Easy Kids' Holiday Activity: Homemade Gingerbread Play-Doh

I owe this idea to my dear friend Margaret, experienced mom of three now-teenaged daughters.

Sure, you've made homemade play-doh before--haven't you? (If not, why not?! Here's the recipe. So easy!) But come holiday time, what would be better than homemade, soft, warm, GINGERBREAD-SCENTED play-doh??? Seriously, you'll want to eat it. (But don't; it's not for eating.)

There are numerous recipes for gingerbread play-doh (or, should I rightly say, "play-dough"? Probably. But I'm not.) out there on the web, with little variations here and there, but I tweaked a few and came up with this general formula.

You probably already have all the ingredients on hand. (Moms: always keep cream of tartar in your pantry. No one knows what it really is, but it's essential for making play-doh. It's in the spice aisle.)

I made this play-doh with my daughters on Saturday morning, before the rest of the (sane) world was even awake. It made the whole kitchen smell good, it looked pretty, and my girls loved cutting out all sorts of Christmas shapes with it, using our holiday-themed cookie cutters.

With some Christmas carols playing on the CD player, this was the perfect activity for a December weekend morning.

Homemade Gingerbread Play-Doh

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1-1/2 T. (that's 4-1/2 tsp.) ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 T. vegetable oil
1 cup water

In a large cooking pot, stir together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and spices. Add oil and water; combine.

Put pot on medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until ingredients thicken up and form a smooth ball of dough. Turn the dough out onto wax paper or parchment paper; when cool enough, knead (or have your children knead) dough until it's a nice smooth ball.

Roll out, cut out shapes, and have fun! Store in an airtight plastic container; it will keep for a very long time.

[Note: it's also fun and festive to add gold or silver glitter to the dough once it's cooked. Use a light hand, and knead it in. A little goes a long way, despite what your children may tell you.]

1 comment:

Shari said...

Great idea! Thanks!