Gingerbread Playdough Houses Using Snowy Sensory Bin Materials

Tinkering Toddler Crates Gingerbread Playdough

The countdown is on until Winter Break if your kiddo is in pre-k and that means two weeks (or more!) of idle hands, no school, and caretakers needing to come up with ideas to keep these little hands busy and learning! 

Our Snow Globe Crate includes an open-ended Snowy Sensory Bin (above) and I thought it would be fun to extend the life of this bin a bit by making Gingerbread Playdough Houses and decorating them with the materials in the sensory bin! 

Making playdough is incredibly cheap, easy, and you most likely already have the materials in your pantry to do it!  If you get our crates, then you already have those materials too.  If not, we have a few left and you can find them here!

I made a quick video of me making the gingerbread play dough so you can watch that or read the directions below.


Gingerbread Playdough Recipe


2 cups flour

½ cup salt

1 TBSP cream of tartar

4 heaping TBSP of pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves, and ginger)

2 heaping TBSP of vegetable oil

1 to 1.5 cups of boiling water


  1. Pour all dry ingredients in the mixer.
  2. Mix together with a spatula.
  3. Pour in vegetable oil and mix with spatula.
  4. Then put the bread hook on the mixer and turn on to a speed of 4 or 5.
  5. Then slowly add the boiling water.
  6. After adding about ½ cup, turn the mixer off and use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  7. Turn the mixer back on and slowly add more water.
  8. Once all dry ingredients are mixed it will start to pull away from the sides making a ball.
  9. Be careful when pulling it out of the bowl because it will be hot.
  10. Knead together and store in an airtight container or zipper bag. It will last for at least a month or longer when stored properly.

    Once you have the gingerbread playdough made, you and your child can begin making your Gingerbread House. 

    Gingerbread Playdough Houses

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    1. Clean and dry an empty half-gallon milk container.
    2. Carefully cut the top off.
    3. Roll out your gingerbread playdough into slabs to use to make the walls.
    4. Approximately, cut to size and lay over the side of the container. Using a plastic knife, trim excess playdough off.
    5. Repeat for all sides.  Use fingers to smooth sides together.
    6. Then use the materials in the Snowy Sensory Bin to decorate the Gingerbread House!

      Happy holidays and make sure to tag me in your photos on Instagram and Facebook so I can share with others what you all came up with!  @tinkeringtoddlercrates #snowglobecrate

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