{No Cook} Gingerbread Play Dough

Toddler sensory play with gingerbread play dough and cookie cutters

I just stumbled across these photos of gingerbread play dough that I made for the kids this time last year, and thought that it was a cute accompaniment to the candy cane play dough that we made a few weeks ago, and the play snow that we made the year before. (It seems I’ve inadvertently started an annual Christmas-themed sensory play dough series…)

This play dough was made using my favourite no cook play dough recipe (from The Imagination Tree), adding a mix of food colours to achieve a dark brown colour. I think, from memory, that I added ground ginger and ground cinnamon as well to make it scented.

{No cook} ginger and cinnamon scented gingerbread play dough for Christmas sensory and imaginative play for kids

I set it out with gingerbread people cookie cutters, Christmas tree and star cookie cutters, random buttons and a rolling pin, and invited the girls (JJ, 4 years old and Bee, 2 years old) to play.

And here’s what they came up with…

Sensory play with ginger bread play dough

Toddler and preschooler sensory play with gingerbread play dough

Gingerbread play dough sensory play with buttons

Gingerbread man play dough

Gingerbread play dough, cookie cutter and buttons for Christmas sensory play

Gingerbread no cook play dough - Christmas sensory play for kids

Christmas sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers with {easy no cook} gingerbread scented play dough and buttons

They made gingerbread people, gingerbread stars, and a gingerbread pudding, all decorated lovingly with buttons. But the best bit for me, is looking back and seeing their little faces and their little hands, one year younger…

Gingerbread Play Dough for Christmas sensory play for kids. (No cook recipe)


Check out our Christmas archives for more Christmas art, craft and play ideas. (We somehow seem to have done a bunch over the years!) In particular, you might like:


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xx Danya

{No cook} gingerbread play dough - fun Christmas sensory and imaginative play for kids


  1. I love this idea! I'm definitely pinning it for inspiration! My boys love sensory play and play doh is big hit. We will give this a try. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Danya Banya

      Thank you! As you can see, we love play dough at our place too. It's so delightfully squishy. 🙂

  2. cara mike

    Really good and interesting Idea me too….!!!
    I love the girls doing activities own their own. Such a treat to watch.


  3. Very good idea !! playing with these simple yet interesting play for kids.


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