Crafty gingerbread play dough

It's cold and rainy outside and just the kind of weather for hibernating.  Little D and I were at a bit of a loose end so we decided to have a go at some festive crafts we had been reading about.

Little D is not yet two so we haven't done much making yet but we had such good fun today that we think it might become something we do quite regularly.

It was also quite a bit of a learning curve for me as I have never made homemade play dough but I have to say it I am hooked.  Gingerbread play dough is an amazing recipe that looks fantastic and smells so much like the real thing you'll want to have a taste.  We both did (it's totally non toxic) and I can safely say you won't go back for a second.  It's also brilliant cos you will probably have all the ingredients in your store cupboard, great for using up old spices and really easy and speedy to make.

In a saucepan we mixed together 1 cup of Flour and 1/2 cup of Table Salt with two teaspoons Cream of Tartar. We added 1 tbsp of cinnamon 2tsp ginger 1tsp ground nutmeg and 1tsp ground cloves.  You could alternatively use 2 -3 tbsp of mixed spice if that is all you have. Mix in 1 cup water and 2 tbsp vegetable oil and cook over a low - medium heat until a thick dough is created.  Remove from the pan and knead on parchment paper until the dough is smooth.

And that's it!  Simple!  You could even make up a dry jar (without the water and oil) with instructions how to make it to give as a present or sell at your local craft stall.

We made lots of festive shapes and pretend mince pies and generally had a ball.  It has to be said Little D had most fun pulling it to pieces and putting it back in the jar whilst counting it in but he thoroughly enjoyed himself and he smelt like a dream afterwards.

Here's the end result we are going to see if we can cook them like salt dough to make some Christmas decorations - we'll let you know how they turns out (in case you are wondering the hanging holes are made with a plastic drinking straw).

Enjoy and let us see your creations xx


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