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Toddler Activities: Gingerbread Ornaments

Toddler Activities: A great hands on activity that has many variations...paint, embellish with sequins, bows, or wiggly eyes. Hang as an ornament, add to potpourri or make a gift tie on. The best thing is the smell is retained for many years.

cinnamon ornaments DESCRIPTION
One of my favorite Toddler Activities are Cinnamon ornaments. It's a great activity for children as young as 3 years of age but can easily be tailored to children of all ages and even adults.


  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 1 cup applesauce

    cinnamon cookie cutters

  • Medium Bowl

  • Waxed Paper or Parchment Paper

  • Plastic Wrap
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking Sheet

  • Parchment Paper or Waxed Paper to work on
  • Coffee stir straw or skewer to poke a hole for hanging
  • Ribbon if hanging

  • Cookie cutters
  • White Puffy Paint

    1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix with spoon or hand.
    2. If dough is too sticky add a little more cinnamon or if too dry add a little applesauce.

    3. Place approximately 1/4 of the dough on a cinnamon powdered surface.
    4. Place the rest of the cinnamon dough in plastic wrap.
    5. Roll out the dough to about sugar cookie thickness 1/4 inch.
    6. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shape.
    7. Poke a hole on the top with a small coffee stir or skewer.
    8. When dry use the white puffy paint to decorate.
    9. String ribbon through hole and embellish with paint, sequins, wiggly eyes, etc.
    christmas gingerbread ornaments


  • If dough is too sticky add a little more cinnamon or if too dry add a little applesauce.


    Variation on the Recipe

    For an even more fragrant variation, add the following to the above ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon Allspice

  • Note that adding the Ground cloves and Allspice creates a drier dough that is best used immediately. The original recipe can be stored in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for a very long time.

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