As we head towards Christmas we are sharing some of our favourite Christmas Book Inspired Activities and Crafts for Kids. One of our favourite author and illustrators is Jan Brett and Gingerbread Friends, the sequel to Gingerbread Baby is one that we reach for every Christmas. This Gingerbread Salt Dough Recipe is used to create some little gingerbread friends to use for creating a garland to decorate for Christmas. Don’t forget that you can join in this year with our Storybook Advent further down to get fun crafts, activities and recipes inspired by 4 classic Christmas Books Counting down to Christmas.
Homemade GIngerbread Salt dough
We love using salt dough for Christmas Crafts and this recipe is great it slightly colours the dough but the best bit is that it slowly releases the scent of gingerbread throughout the holiday season.
A batch will make up around 3m of garland which is ideal to decorate even our biggest Christmas tree.
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Materials you will need
- Copy of Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett to read together
- Christmas Scented Salt Dough – Make up to the recipe here
- Cookie Cutters – Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Lady and Star all available in this Gingerbread Family Set of 6 Cookie Cutter Set
- Straw or Chopstick
- Window Suction Cups with Hooks
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How to make your Gingerbread Friends Pattern Garland
Make up a batch of the Christmas Scented Salt Dough using our recipe from last week.
T loves to roll out the dough – she rolled it out around about 1/2 cm thick on a lightly floured surface.
Then she cut out equal numbers of gingerbread girls, boys and stars from the salt dough.
Using a chopstick (we didn’t have any straws) she placed a hole in each hand of the gingerbread people and two holes in the stars.
They then went into the oven for an hour on the lowest settings, we turned them over and repeated on the other side.
Once they were dry we let them cool.
Then she started to pattern make. She decided on her pattern, girl, boy and star she wanted to make and laid it out on the table.
Then it was time to thread. Copying the pattern she placed them at regular intervals along the ribbon.
Using the window suction cups we tied the ribbon around each one and placed it on the window over the kitchen sink where we can see it every day and makes our kitchen smell amazing.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.