If you’re looking for Gingerbread Crafts for kids to make this holiday season as well as gingerbread cookies that aren’t gingerbread men, read on for a few of my favourites.
Christmas season is gingerbread season, and the most common way for kids to get into the gingerbread spirit is to decorate a gingerbread house or bake gingerbread men.
If you’re not crazy about all the sugar that goes along with traditional gingerbread decorating activities, I have a few gingerbread crafts that don’t involve candy. They’re great for daycare or preschool because they’ll provide kids with all the creative fun that real gingerbreads do but they won’t have them all hopped up on sugar and bouncing off the walls.
And, unlike their edible counterparts, these gingerbread projects can be kept for years and displayed every Christmas season.
I’ve also included a couple of great ginger cookie recipes at the bottom of this post. They contain sugar but they’re not traditional gingerbread man cookies. These are just a couple of favourites of mine that I like to make at 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. Both recipes make an impressive cookie. One is a from-scratch recipe, and the other is a super-simple cheat made from Pillsbury gingerbread cookie dough.
6 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: 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 Cookies: And lastly, a gingerbread activity that the kids can do over and over again. Make a batch of gingerbread playdough and the kids can pretend to bake and decorate Christmas cookies all month long.
And now for some gingerbread treats that everyone will love!
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! They’re so quick and easy and perfect for a classroom party or holiday entertaining at home.
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.