Looking for Gingerbread Crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make this holiday season? You’ll love unique and adorable ideas. There are a couple of non-traditional gingerbread cookie recipes here too!
Decorating a gingerbread house and gingerbread cookies was always an annual tradition for me and my boys when they were small. Oh, but the mess and the sugar-rush.
By the time we finished, I swear, they’d have eaten half the candy I’d given them to decorate with, decorate with, and it would be crazy town here for the rest of the evening.
Decorating gingerbreads is such a wonderful tradition and a great way to kick off the holidays, so if you’d like to do it with your kids without all the sugar, I have several terrific gingerbread crafts and activities that don’t involve candy at all.
These sugar-free gingerbread activities are great for daycare or preschool because they’ll provide kids with all the creative fun that real gingerbreads do without any of the sugar.
They’re all fun ideas for a kids’ Christmas party too!
Bonus: These your non-candy gingerbread projects can be kept for years and displayed every Christmas season.
Note: at the bottom of this post, I’ve included a couple of terrific ginger cookie recipes.
Of course, these do contain sugar but they’re not traditional gingerbread man cookies. We make these cookies every Christmas. They’re popular with the kids for sure, but they’re also great if you’re looking for a ginger cookie that’s a little more grown up.
Fun and Easy Gingerbread Crafts for Kids
Paper Plate Gingerbread Craft
When it comes to adorable gingerbread crafts, this paper plate gingerbread man scores a 10 out of 10.
Kids can experiment with colour blending and a painting technique called pouncing when painting their paper plates, and then lots of good fine-motor action is involved putting making creating their gingerbread man’s face and trimming it with “icing”.
Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Man Craft
These scented sandpaper gingerbread ornaments provide a wonderful sensory experience for little ones.
There’s the feel of the sandpaper, the sound that the spices make against the sandpaper, and of course, the wonderful aroma.
Cardboard Gingerbread House
This cardboard gingerbread house is a great group activity for kids to do at a Christmas party or they can do it solo at home.
Either way, they’ll end up with a colourful candy house that they’ll be proud to display, and you won’t have to worry about them over-indulging in sugar while they make it.
Mini Gingerbread House Ornament
This homemade gingerbread house ornament is perfect for hanging on the Christmas tree.
The toddlers and preschoolers made these adorable little gingerbread houses using craft gems and scraps from the sewing basket. And again, no sugar added!
Milk Carton Gingerbread Village
This is one of my favourite gingerbread crafts for a group of kids to make together.
Have each child decorate a milk carton gingerbread house, and set up a whole gingerbread village in your classroom, or to display on on a mantel in your home.
Decorating Gingerbread Play Dough Cookie
And lastly, here’s a gingerbread activity that the kids can do over and over again in the month leading up to Christmas.
Make a batch of gingerbread playdough and the kids can pretend to bake and decorate Christmas cookies all through December.
Gingerbread cookies that aren’t gingerbread men:
Easy Dipped Gingerbread Cookies
You won’t find an easier recipe for a gingerbread cookie! No-one will ever guess you didn’t make these white-chocolate dipped gingerbread cookies from scratch!
Big, Soft Ginger Cookies
If you love the flavour of gingerbread, but don’t love a crunchy gingerbread man, you have to try these big, soft ginger cookies. They’re easy to make, soft and chewy, and totally delicious.
There you go! Plenty of gingerbread crafts and activities to keep the kids busy this holiday season, and some yummy treats to satisfy their tummies too.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.