Gingerbread Man in a Jar

Activity for ages 2 to 6.

This gingerbread man in a jar playdough kit is a sweet little gift that brings the Gingerbread Man story to life.  My 5 year old daughter, A, loved every step of creating the homemade gift – from making the playdough to packaging up the gingerbread man decorations.  Her favorite part, however, was playing Santa and hand delivering these gingerbread men in a jar to her friends.

Awesome gift for kids! Make a gingerbread man kit in a jar.

To make the gingerbread playdough, we simply added spices to our delightfully squishy one-pot playdough recipe.  My kids added all the ingredients to a pot and  mixed it until all the lumps were gone.

Super fun gift for kids!! Make gingerbread man playdough kits!

Then I cooked the mixture  over low heat, stirring often until it started to thicken and pull away from the sides. When the dough was still slightly sticky I turned off the heat and allowed it to cool.  Once cool, I kneaded the dough several times until smooth and no longer sticky.

Gingerbread Playdough Recipe

1 1/2  cups of flour

6 tablespoons of salt

3 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons nutmeg

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 1/2 cups of water

Gingerbread Man in a Jar

While the dough cooled, my kids began putting together the little baggies of gingerbread man parts for each kit.  We added google eyes, cloves for the mouth, icing made out of white pipe cleaners and plenty of buttons to use for the nose and clothing. Cut pipe cleaner can be quite pokey so make sure to turn the ends in so no fingers get pricked.
Awesome!! Gingerbread man playdough kit.

My daughter helped me roll a large ball of gingerbread playdough for each mason jar. Rolling the ball into a cylinder shape helped it slide into the jar more easily.  We added the baggie of gingerbread man parts on top of the dough and screwed on the lid. We wrapped baker’s twine around each lid and hung a gingerbread cookie cutter on the sides. Then I added a simple label to the fronts and our kits were ready to go.

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  1. Chrys

    Do you know how many jars you were able to make from one batch?

    • Noirin

      Great question Chrys! I would say for those quart size jars I used the recipe would fill 2-3 jars. I’ve doubled and tripled the recipe without a problem though if you needed to make more. Hope you have fun making these. The kiddos we gave these to loved them!

  2. Chrys

    Thanks! I’ve got 40 kindergarten students, and I think they will LOVE this. Unfortunately, 40 Mason jars (even the smaller ones) is a little steep, so I’m going to dress up zip lock bags. I’ll send how far 4 batches gets me and go from there. 🙂

    • Lorenabeth

      We’re making this now! Baby food jars might work nicely for smaller dough balls and/or larger groups.

  3. Michele

    I’m thinking of doing this for a center in my kindergarten classroom. Will a batch be enough for four students?

    • Ashley

      Hi Michele,
      If you use the quart sized mason jars, I’d say one batch is enough for 2-3 students. However, you can double the recipe without a problem. Or you could use smaller jars. I hope they love it!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador



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