Our Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments will delight the senses as your child makes a sweet homemade gingerbread man to hang on the Christmas tree.
Rough sandpaper, aromatic cinnamon and cloves, smooth, shiny buttons, and soft yarn. What a lovely sensory craft this was for the toddlers and preschoolers to make. And not only did this quick and easy Christmas craft feel great and smell great, it was a wonderful activity for fine-motor development too!
Before we made our gingerbread ornaments, I passed out a few sheets of sandpaper for the children to explore. I asked them to rub their hands on the sandpaper, and to think of words that described the way the paper felt. They used words like “pokey” and “lumpy” and scratchy”, and I chimed in with “rough”, and I had the children turn the paper over to the smooth side, and wetalked about how “rough” is the opposite of “smooth”.
Then I showed them a blank tracing of a gingerbread cookie, and asked if anyone knew what it was. Yes sirree, they all knew that it was a gingerbread man. So then I asked them “What makes a gingerbread cookie smell so good?””
They weren’t too sure, so I passed around some cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and whole nutmeg and everyone felt them and smelled them. *I should clarify: GROUND cloves are actually used when baking gingerbread cookies, but we were using whole cloves for the sake of our activity.
Then, while they finished their snack, I pulled out a blank tracing of a gingerbread cookie, and asked the Hooligans what we would have to add to turn the tracing into a gingerbread man. As they called out “eyes”, “buttons”, “mouth” etc., I drew them on to the template.
Then we washed up, headed out to the backyard, and the Hooligans got to work making their scented sandpaper gingerbread ornaments.
They started by rubbing their sandpaper with the nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. It smelled so good while they worked away! The spices add some colour to the sandpaper, and of course, now the ornaments are scented with the smell of the holidays!
They all ran off and played for a few minutes while I traced our template on to the sandpaper that the hooligans had rubbed with spices.
Then I cut a gingerbread out of each piece of sand paper.