After the fun we've had reading different gingerbread books and practicing counting gingerbread men, I decided to do a gingerbread themed invitation to play. The girls liked our community helpers invitation to play once they accepted the fact that they could only play and create with what was in front of them - not all the playdough tools we usually get out or multiple colors of playdough. This time they were ready and didn't even ask for other items. I love that this is an open ended activity with no direction from me or right or wrong way to do it. Just supplies and an invitation to play with them.
I used our favorite microwave playdough recipe but left out the Kool-Aid and added essential oils. I figure that would double as gingerbread type smell and also work to fight germs that come home from preschool with my daughter.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup of salt
1 t. of cream of tartar
1 T. vegetable oil
3/4 cup of water
1-2 drops of essential oils (I used Thieves so it had a nice cinnamon/clove smell)
Mix all the ingredients except the essential oil together and microwave for 50-60 seconds. Add essential oil, stir and let cool. Knead well and add more flour if needed.