Run, Run As Fast As You Can…to make Gingerbread Cloud Dough!

gingerbread cloud dough

To make our plain cloud dough a little more festive for the upcoming Christmas season, we turned it into GINGERBREAD!  Gingerbread cloud dough is as easy to make as regular cloud dough, you just add a little bit of cinnamon and ginger in with the flour and oil, and it smells great, too!  Then you and your kids can create a Gingerbread Man Cookie Bake Shop for hours of sensory play time fun!

gingerbread man story activities

We already had cloud dough made from a previous play time, so we just mixed in cinnamon and ginger to our existing cloud dough, but if you want to make yours from scratch, you can see the super simple recipe here in my first post: Make Your Own Two-Ingredient Cloud Dough.  Then just add in ground cinnamon and ginger spices — as much or as little as you want!

Once the kids had mixed up our gingerbread cloud dough, I placed it in trays so they could make gingerbread man cookies!

invitation to play set up

We gathered up some gingerbread man and woman cookie cutters that we normally use with our play dough, as well as some circle cookie cutters, and some craft materials we could use to decorate our gingerbread man cookies, like buttons, beads, yarn, marbles, bottle caps, and various other bits and pieces.

The kids sat in front of the fireplace and made cookies to their hearts content.  It was the perfect way to spend a rainy, cold afternoon!

Here are a few things to consider…

  • Cloud dough does not hold together as well as play dough.
    • It’s more like building a sand castle with fine sand.  It’s a GREAT sensory material, but depending on the age and developmental level of your child, making something as “concrete” as a cookie without it falling apart might take an adult’s help to cut down on frustration.  On the other hand, it definitely builds fine motor skills and concentration, and is a more challenging material that older children will enjoy!
  • Cloud dough is messier than play dough.
    • I definitely suggest a tray or a big plastic tote with low sides for containing it.  The first few times we used it, I even put it inside our plastic swimming pool and did it outside.  My kids are old enough now, and have done enough messy activities that I know I can trust them to use something like this is a less-controlled environment.  Just don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😉
  • Cloud dough lasts for a really long time!
  • If your cloud dough is very crumbly, add more oil to the mix to get it to a good stick-together consistency for this project.
    • If it’s not holding together well, add oil and work it in a little at a time until you get it “right.”  That worked for us.  As you can see in the pictures, Luke’s cloud dough worked better than Lilah’s and it was because I took these pictures after working more oil into Luke’s.  After I worked more into Lilah’s, hers was much better, too.
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More Ideas & Extensions:


  • Recite lines from the book while you make a gingerbread man!
  • Set up a bake shop & store for even more pretend play.
  • After playing, bake REAL gingerbread cookies.
  • Create a big batch of Gingerbread Cloud Dough for a seasonal play date or an upcoming birthday party!
  • Create Gingerbread Man Cloud Dough Kits including gingerbread cloud dough and some materials for decorating to give to friends.
    • Be sure to include a note that the items are for play only and not edible!!


gingerbread man bake shop

Please note: Gingerbread cloud dough and the gingerbread cookies made from gingerbread cloud dough are NOT for consumption!  Please closely supervise your child(ren) during this activity to ensure they do not put any of the materials into their mouths as many of the items are choking hazards.  You know best the age, abilities, and habits of your child, so please use your best judgement when choosing safe, appropriate activities for your child.

I first read about cloud dough here at Flights of Whimsy.

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Kirstylee says:

    My son is loving the Gingerbread Man right now. I may have to do this one with him. 🙂

  • Super idea! I never knew about ginger spice, I only know the fresh root or candied ginger, thanks for letting us know 🙂 Nico loves cloud dough or as he calls it warm snow 🙂

  • What a wonderful play time you had! I would love for you to link this to my Read.Explore.Learn. post.

  • Maureen says:

    what a great idea and will go well with our gingerkid project. Maybe you would like to participate – check it out here
    Thanks for sharing your gingerbread cloud dough

  • Allison says:

    I love this! Cloud dough is one of our favorite sensory mediums. I love the idea of making ginger bread men.

  • Love this what great pictures!! We are looking forward to pulling out the cloud dough again this winter. (Momma’s Fun World)

  • Lindsay says:

    What a great extension to regular cloud dough! I think we will have to make some of this very soon!

  • We’ve never made cloud dough but it sounds fun! Have your read The Stinky Cheese Man yet? It’s a wacky, silly variant of The Gingerbread Man that some kids enjoy.

  • We haven’t tried cloud dough yet, so I appreciate your tips. I am sure this would smell lovely. We will be doing some gingerbread activities in a couple of weeks, so I look forward to including this!

  • Kim Curic says:

    Its a nice idea to use cloud dough with cookie cutters. I have a nice batch of glittery playdough and am getting it out for the kids tomorrow. Thanks.

  • Thanks for sharing on the Kids Co-op! I love your Gingerbread Cloud Dough, and I am featuring it this week. I hope you stop by and link up again!

  • Karyn Tripp says:

    Very cute idea!! I just started a new saturday linky called Share It Saturday and would love to have you come by and link up each week! Thanks!

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