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This was my first time attempting a play dough kit and I think we are hooked. I am looking forward to coming up with different kits for Ellie, and Ben as he gets older. Today I am sharing an easy gingerbread man play dough kit, that took less than 15 minutes for me to put together!

I first heard about play dough kits from Mama, Papa and Bubba and we tried this Christmas tree play dough kit first (which smells amazing by the way!). I decided to take the same concept and come up with our own gingerbread man play dough kit version.

Gingerbread Man Play Dough Kit Items

  • Homemade play dough recipe (we used this no-cook one here)
  • Brown liquid food coloring or icing color (for play dough recipe)
  • Gingerbread spices (ginger, all spice, cinnamon)
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutters
  • Christmas craft buttons (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • Small white or silver bead garland


First, I made up a batch of the no-cook play dough recipe. I modified it slightly by leaving out the koolaide and adding in brown liquid food coloring and the gingerbread spices. I didn’t measure the spices, just added enough to make it smell nice. You could probably do with 1/2 tsp of each.

After the play dough has cooled, you can put it in the play dough kit container. I used the GLIS containers from IKEA (they are located in the kids area). If you don’t have an IKEA nearby, any divided plastic container will do.

I did put the play dough into a plastic baggy to keep it moist, since the containers are not air tight. Each of the buttons and small bead garland went into different sections along with the cookie cutters. If you are ready to play with it, you can just place everything out on a table like below.

I did make a model of one so Ellie could see how to make one and how to push the dough out of the cookie cutter.

After that, she went to town making her own gingerbread man. She really liked that there were different sizes of cookie cutters so she could make an entire gingerbread man family.

If you are looking for more ideas like this one, check out my Christmas Pinterest board below.


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