Gingerbread Person Ornament
These gingerbread ornaments are a real treat—just don't try to eat them! Children will create their own version of the classic gingerbread person. Encourage creative use of materials so that they can express their individuality through their ornaments.
Set Up Ideas
It might be a good idea to work over art trays with this activity to help keep messes to a minimum. Provide different colors of glitter for children to choose their favorite.
Let’s Get Started
No baking required for these gingerbread ornaments! The ingredients and supplies needed include construction paper, wiggly eyes, a small strip of yarn, glitter, scissors, glue and a one-hole punch. Of course, you are welcome to add any other decorative materials of your choosing.
Draw the shape of a gingerbread person onto brown construction paper and then cut out the whole shape.
Begin bringing your gingerbread person to life by gluing wiggly eyes and a small piece of yarn for a mouth onto the face.
Add designs onto the gingerbread person with glue and then sprinkle glitter on top. Allow the glue to dry.
Use a one-hole punch to add a hole on the top of the head. Then, loop a piece of yarn through and tie the ends together for easy hanging.
Don't feel constrained to creating a gingerbread man—your gingerbread character can be any gender you like! Allow children freedom in designing the decorations on their gingerbread person and ask them about their choices.
Tips and Tricks
Working over art trays will help to avoid messes involving glue and glitter. For a totally mess-free craft, try using self-adhesive eyes and collage materials for decorating the gingerbread character.
Follow up Activity
Create a gingerbread house for your gingerbread person to live in! Decorate a brown sheet of construction paper with puffy white foam paint and colorful collage materials.