The winter season is here and we love celebrating with engaging activities for kids. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of creating a Gingerbread playdough tray that promises hours of imaginative play. Gather your gingerbread cookie cutters, and other play dough supplies, and let’s embark on this delightful DIY adventure together! Gingerbread does not have to be a holiday theme. In the classroom, I enjoyed using the gingerbread theme in January as we transitioned back into our school routine after the holidays. In that case, I used bright multi-colored items instead of holiday colors.
I love gathering materials to create a playdough invitation to play. When you create a playdough tray for your kids you will encourage open-ended creative play. Your little artists and scientists will have a blast exploring, creating, and experimenting with a variety of materials.
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- Gingerbread cookie cutters
- Jingle bells
- Candy gems
- Pom poms
- Googly eyes
- Playdough tools
- Playdough in your preferred colors
- The Gingerbread Man book
Gingerbread Playdough Set Up
Prepare the Playdough Start by making or buying playdough in festive colors like brown, red, green, and white. You can either create your play dough using a simple recipe or purchase pre-made dough.
Set Up the Playdough Tray Find a spacious tray or a designated play area and lay down some parchment paper to keep things tidy. Place the play dough in small containers or separate sections on the tray, providing enough space for each color and accessory.
Introduce the Gingerbread Cookie Cutters Gingerbread-themed cookie cutters are the stars of this activity! Invite your little ones to use these cutters to create adorable gingerbread shapes from the play dough. Encourage them to experiment with different sizes and shapes, fostering their fine motor skills and imagination.
Gather Supplies Include a touch of holiday cheer by incorporating small jingling bells. Press them gently into the play dough to create delightful sound effects as your child explores and molds the dough. The jingling adds a sensory element to the play, making it even more engaging.
Sprinkle Some Sparkle with Candy Gems Candy gems bring a sweet and colorful touch to the gingerbread playdough creations. Allow your little ones to press the gems into the dough to create eye-catching patterns and decorations on their gingerbread figures.
Bring Characters to Life with Pom Poms and Googly Eyes Enhance the play dough experience by adding pom poms and google eyes. These can be used to create cute facial features for the gingerbread characters. Encourage your child to experiment with different expressions and styles, fostering creativity and storytelling.
Explore with Playdough Tools Introduce playdough tools such as rolling pins, cutters, and sculpting tools to further enhance the play experience. These tools allow your child to experiment with textures, shapes, and patterns, promoting sensory exploration and fine motor skills.
Creating a Gingerbread playdough tray is a fantastic way to infuse the holiday spirit into your child’s playtime. This activity not only encourages creativity and imagination but also provides an opportunity for sensory exploration and fine motor skill development. So, gather your materials, set up the tray, and watch as your little ones embark on a magical journey of festive fun!