Homemade Gingerbread Playdough Recipe - makes a great DIY gift for kids!

Every kid loves playdough right? And though the bright colored variety is fun, this gingerbread playdough is a favorite at my house during the holidays.

If you’ve never made your own playdough, I think it’s time you find out just how easy it is.

Hint: It’s super easy!

All you need are a few basic kitchen tools, some basic ingredients, and a few minutes. The cleanup is easy, too.

Don’t Have All the Spices Handy?

When choosing a “flavor” of playdough to make, my rule is to use whatever I have on hand. Other than the basic ingredients needed to make the playdough “base”, don’t worry about the rest.

Basic Playdough Ingredients:

If you don’t have all of the spices listed, don’t worry. Other spices you have on hand will do just fine.

Nobody will be eating the playdough (I hope) so the spices are just to make the playdough look and smell like gingerbread.

Holiday Spices to Try:

Homemade Gingerbread Playdough Recipe - makes a great DIY gift for kids!

And now for the recipe…

Gingerbread Playdough


3 tsp cream of tartar

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 cup water


  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium saucepan. Add the water and oil and mix well.
  2. Put over medium heat and stir consistently with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes a stiff dough.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat. Scrape the dough together into a ball and leave in the pan to cool.
  4. Store in an airtight container. Refrigerating the dough can help it keep longer.

Homemade Gingerbread Playdough Recipe - makes a great DIY gift for kids!

How to Give Gingerbread Playdough as a Gift

I love giving this playdough as a gift. It’s simple, easy, and sure to be a hit with the little ones, including nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc.

Packaging ideas include mason jars or brown paper bags decorated with ribbon or string. You can attach a cute gift tag as well.

My favorite thing to include with gingerbread playdough as a gift is a gingerbread man cookie cutter. Now your recipient will have everything they need to have hours of fun “baking” the perfect cookies!


Are you making homemade playdough for your kids or as a gift?

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5 Responses to Homemade Gingerbread Playdough Recipe

  1. Monica says:

    I never would have thought to give it as a gift! I’ll probably do this for at least one niece or nephew :)

  2. Jessica says:

    Hi there! Thanks for posting this recipe! How many batches do you think I would need to make to give as a gift to 6 kids?

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