If you’re also a fan of gingerbread men, you’re going to love these holiday themed Gingerbread Man Activities. I’ve put together tons of printables, sensory activities, lesson plans, crafts, and even a book list. Keep reading to get in on all the gingerbread themed fun!
Making gingerbread men with my kids is one of my favorite holiday baking traditions. We love getting creative with gingerbread decorations and gingerbread activities. The kids are always thinking of new ways to personalize their very own gingerbread man cookies and gingerbread houses.
So, I happily mix up many different colors of icing for their creative endeavors. The result is a lot of quality time spent getting creative with my kids, lots of giggles, and some delicious cookies to enjoy while we check out the neighborhood Christmas lights.
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This lesson plan pack is full of Gingerbread activities to work on a variety of skills. Your kids will enjoy Gingerbread stories, work on alphabet sounds, story sequencing, embark on Gingerbread STEM activities, fine motor activities, sensory activities, make gingerbread recipes and so much more. It’s the perfect Gingerbread unit for early learning during the holiday season.
Gingerbread Man Sensory Activities
Did you know that sensory play helps build connections in the brain? The experts agree that sensory activities help kids build cognitive skills, support language development, and improve motor skills. Plus, these gingerbread man activities are a lot of fun!
Check out our favorites:
- Gingerbread Playdough Recipe
- Gingerbread Fluffy Slime
- THE BEST Gingerbread Slime
- Gingerbread and Cinnamon Salt Tray
These sensory gingerbread slime and playdough recipes also make excellent Christmas gifts for friends and family.
Consider making a batch to share with everyone this holiday season. Save them in jars or plastic bags and gift them to kids with gingerbread man cookie cutters and buttons or sequins for decorating their own gingerbread characters.
This gingerbread slime recipe is THE BEST! It smells amazing, feels amazing, and so much fun to play with. It also has been shared over 6 million times on social media. Woohoo!!
This gingerbread play dough recipe and activity is the perfect addition to any day.
Gingerbread Man Crafts
Doing crafts together with your kids is a great way to help boost their confidence and encourage them to think creatively. With these gingerbread man activities and crafts, your kids can get creative designing their own gingerbread men and bringing their characters to life.
Paper Plate Gingerbread Man Craft
This Gingerbread Man Paper Plate Craft is a lot of fun for kids of all ages. Kids can have fun choosing a facial expression for their gingerbread man and carefully selecting a color scheme. Plus, these gingerbread man plates are so cute you’ll want to hang them up where everyone can see.
Another favorite at our house is creating houses for our gingerbread men. Have you ever made a gingerbread house with your kids? It’s so fun! We get creative in planning our gingerbread house design for weeks.
Want the fun of creating a gingerbread house without all the baking? Check out our Painted “Gingerbread” Holiday Houses.
Gingerbread Man Activities
Gingerbread Man Books for Kids
Reading aloud to your kids is an excellent way to spend quality time together. Plus, it’s the very best way to encourage your kids to fall in love with books. A love of books will help your children become stronger readers, better writers, and expand their vocabulary.
Try some of these gingerbread man stories we love with your kids this Holiday season:
- The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup
- The Gingerbread Man by Gail Yerrill
- Gingerbread for Liberty by Mara Rockliff
- The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
- The Gingerbread Genie by S.L. Hogancamp
- Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun
Do you have a favorite gingerbread themed storybook? We would love to explore your favorite picture books this holiday season! Share your favorites in the comments.
A family movie night is another fun idea for the holiday season. Why not have a gingerbread man themed movie night?
Serve gingerbread cookies, hot chocolate, and watch a movie with a fun gingerbread character. How about Shrek. The gingerbread man is so cute and funny too!
Printable Gingerbread Man Activities
Looking for some easy to use no-prep printables to share with your kids this holiday season?
You’re going to love these adorable gingerbread man activities.
Check out this list of awesome gingerbread man activities you can use at home or in the classroom for added learning fun over the holidays:
Gingerbread Man Literacy Activities
- Gingerbread Man Preschool Emotions Printables to help your kids build social emotional skills and learn to express their feelings in a healthy way this holiday season.
- Kindergarten and Preschool Gingerbread Themed Lessons & Printables including addition practice with manipulatives, candy estimation jars, gingerbread man letter mats, sensory exploration printables, and handwriting practice.
Gingerbread Baby Activities
Montessori Inspired Gingerbread Baby Activities with stories, stuffed animals, and a holiday themed Montessori matching game.
Stay tuned for even more holiday themed printables to use in your preschool or kindergarten classroom or at home on a snowy day.
It’s a great way to encourage learning through play this Winter.
Baking Gingerbread Men with Kids
Did you know gingerbread men were first created by Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century? She had the gingerbread figures created and decorated to look like her courtiers. Then, she gave the gingerbread men as Christmas gifts to the people of her court.
Of all the fun gingerbread man activities you can share with your kids this holiday season, you definitely don’t want to forget to make your very own cookies! These yummy homemade White Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Cookies are so delicious! I just know these cookies are going to be a favorite at your house this holiday season.
You can use this cookie recipe with some gingerbread man shaped cookie cutters to create your very own gingerbread men to decorate. We like to use food coloring to create lost of different colors for our icing, that way the kids can “dress” their gingerbread men any way they choose. Another fun tip is to get creative with embellishments.
A wide variety of sprinkles and tiny candies for decorating adds a whole lot of fun to making gingerbread cookies.
Want even more fun? Try some unique cookie cutters. We have a set of family gingerbread cookie cutters that my son and daughter adore!
Which holiday gingerbread man activities are your favorite? Share your favorites in the comments. Then, try some of our favorite gingerbread crafts, stories, and printables for even more holiday fun!
I can’t wait to read about your holiday adventures with gingerbread in the comments.