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Gingerbread Man Tree Ornament

Print out a shape of a gingerbread man. Glue and sprinkle a mix of cinnamon and nutmeg
 and ginger on to the glued gingerbread man. Hang on tree.  Smells of Christmas!!!


Sweet Smelling Gingerbread House

Construct a candy covered gingerbread house without using a single baking
 pan or a drop of frosting.  For each child, precut a simple house shape from
 tan or brown construction paper.  Then provide a supply of scented stickers showing all kinds
 of candy and treats.  Have the child peel and stick to make his house look and smell yummy!


Gingerbread Man

I bought a gingerbread cookies cutter (green plastic) from the Wal-Mart Christmas
 craft islander display. The children will trace the pattern, cut out the
 pattern and decorate their gingerbread man.

Materials Needed:
Brown construction paper
Raisins (buttons)
Cinnamon drop (nose)
Curved Ribbing, red, white, and green

Later on we can wash the cookie cutters and make real gingerbread men.


Gingerbread Man Reindeer

Materials Needed:
Thin cork, Markers or paint, "Eyes" ( or paint them), Glue,
 Green fabric scraps, Tiny bow, Red bead or pompom

Cut a gingerbread-man shape out of the cork. Use a cookie cutter for the pattern,
 or do it freehand. Turn so the "feet" are at the top. The 'feet' are the antlers, the 'arms'
 ears the 'head' is now the nose. Paint or draw straight lines from end of antlers,
 meeting in a V where the tummy would be if it was still a cookie. Draw a couple
 of 45 degree angle lines upward from the main lines. Glue red bead or pompom
 at tip of nose. Paint or glue wide round eyes centered above the nose. Cut 2 holly leaves
 from the green fabric. Glue at base of V. Glue bow on top of holly. These can also be made
 with stiffened felt, fun foam, or wood. Add a pin or barrette back, or punch hole for ornament.


Cardboard Gingerbread Cookies

Squirtable tubes of puffy fabric paint and a blow-dryer were the star attractions of
 this quick and easy craft. We used the paint like icing to decorate our cardboard
 cookies, and I found that the containers kept the process surprisingly mess-free,
 even in the hands of a four- or five-year-old. Tanner thought it was especially
 neat to use a hair dryer to make the puffy paint puff up after it was dry.

Materials Needed:
Corrugated cardboard
Cookie cutters
X-Acto knife
Puffy fabric paint

Trace around cookie cutters on cardboard and cut out the "cookies" with an X-Acto knife
 (a parent's job).  Decorate with puffy fabric paint. Let paint dry a few hours, if possible,
 then blow-dry and watch it puff. (Have guests paint at the start of the party,
so they can blow-dry before they leave.)

When you cut out the "cookie," you don't have to cut all the way through
 the cardboard at once--go over the cutting line a couple of times.


Cinnamon Clay Ornaments

This recipe makes a sweet smelling dough that can be made into ornaments or decorations.

Materials Needed:
1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/3 cup white school glue (like Elmer's)
1 medium sized bowl
Flat surface for kneading
Wax paper
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters - various types
Nonstick cooling rack
Puffy paints, optional

Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl. Remove from the bowl
and knead the mixture until it turns into firm clay.  Let sit for about 30
minutes.  Clay is best used at room temperature. You may need to dust your
rolling pin, hands, or working surface with cinnamon, or use wax paper as a
working surface.  Roll out clay with a rolling pin to approximately 1/8 of
an inch thick.  Use cutters to cut out desired shapes (we like gingerbread
men).  If you are going to hang your shape, use a straw to cut out a hole
near the top of the shape.  Place shapes on a non-stick cooling rack or wax
paper. You will need to keep an eye on them and turn them over occasionally
so that they dry evenly and dry shapes for approximately 5 days. You can
bake them in an oven of 150 degree for 5-6 hours turning every hour.  When
dry you may put a ribbon through the hole for hanging on the tree or adding
to a package. You may add puffy paint to decorate your shapes, if you wish.


Large Gingerbread Kid

Have each child lie down on a large sheet of brown bulletin board paper.
  Trace around his/her body with a pencil; then cut on the resulting outline.
  Have the child use markers, crayons, and construction paper scraps to decorate
 his/her gingerbread cutout.  Display the gingerbread kids on a wall in your classroom
 or hallway.  Then invite each child to measure him/her self against each cutout.  If desired,
 challenge the children to use problem solving skills to find out whose gingerbread cutout is whose.


Gingerbread People

Have Children make gingerbread people cut out of construction paper.
 Sprinkle  ginger onto men add yarn and raisins.


Felt Gingerbread Kids

To make a gingerbread kid, cut two identical tracings of a large gingerbread boy
 outline from felt.  Using craft glue, glue around the perimeter of one cutout, leaving
 the top of the head unglued.  Then place the other cutout on the first, gluing them
 together.  When the glue has thoroughly dried, stuff fiberfill into the opening.  Then
 use craft glue to glue gold rickrack or other trim around each of the gingerbread kid's
 wrists and ankles.  To the chest, glue a small red heart cutout, some felt holly leaves,
 and a small red bow.  Glue on felt facial features or use fabric paints to add them.  Glue a
 loop of ribbon to the back of the gingerbread kid's head for hanging.  When these gingerbread projects
 are thoroughly dry, thread them on a length of red ribbon, separated by felt heart and holly cutouts.


Milk-Carton Gingerbread House

Each child will need a small milk carton and an assortment of colorful candies to decorate.
 Wash the cartons; then staple the spouts shut. To make the houses, "glue" graham cracker
 walls to the sides of the milk cartons using Royal Icing (see recipe). Attach the candy to the
 walls using a bit of icing as well. The royal icing will harden within an hour so children can take
 their houses home to use as holiday centerpieces. (We make ours on the last day that all
 the kids will be attending daycare prior to Christmas Day)...

Royal Icing:
Mix 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1 egg white.
 Stir in 1/3 cup boiling water. Beat ah high speed for 10 minutes. Keep covered
 with a damp t-towel if not using right away. (This makes enough to build 4 houses)


Gingerbread Men

Materials Needed:
 Brown paper or sand paper, ground or whole cinnamon, colored/white glue, glitter, markers, etc;

Run the gingerbread pattern onto brown paper or trace it onto the sand paper.
 If using sand paper, rub whole cinnamon sticks across the paper. Great sensory
 activity. If using the brown paper, sprinkle on ground cinnamon (like glitter).
 Then embellish the gingerbread with glue, glitter, markers, or however desired.


Decorated Gingerbread Kids

Let your children decorate large gingerbread kid shapes
 cut from brown paper or poster board. Here are a few ideas.

Brush on glue and sprinkle on powdered cinnamon and ginger.
Glue on collage materials, such as yarn, rickrack, fabric scraps,
 and pompoms.  Squeeze on white "puffy paint" made by mixing equal parts flour,
 salt, and water, then adding white tempera paint. Put into squeeze bottles.

Cut gingerbread patterns from brown grocery sacks and let children decorate using buttons,
 glitter, lace, etc. (You can let the children glue coffee grounds or sand on for texture!)


  Gingerbread  People

Materials Needed:
Ginger boy or girl cookie cutter
White thread or yarn
Red and black markers or crayons
Brown paper grocery bag
Candy canes 8" or larger

Open bag up flat. Trace around cookie cutters and cut out. Glue string or yarn around edge.
 Draw eyes and mouth and buttons on people. Wrap hand of "gingerbread"
 person around candy cane and glue. Hang from tree by candy cane.


Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments

One idea is to cut gingerbread people out of sand paper
(found mine at the dollar store). You can use a cookie cutter. To make these
 into ornaments for the tree just cut two small VERTICAL slices in the body
about 2-3 " apart and weave a candy cane through them. Add some white
 frosting (white paint) around the edges and you are done. You
could scrape the paper with a cinnamon stick to get the smell.


Grocery Bag Gingerbread Folk

Materials Needed:
Brown paper bag
Gingerbread cookie cutter
Googly eyes

Cut a strip of paper from a brown bag. Measure the width of a gingerbread
 cookie cutter, then accordion-fold the bag to match the width of the cookie cutter.
Trace the cutter onto the paper, making sure that each of the hands ends on a fold.

Use paper clips to secure the folded bag, then cut along the
 lines (be careful not to cut through the folds). Unfold the garland
 and decorate your "family" with markers, wiggly eyes,
buttons, and ribbons. If you like, each folk with a name.


Gingerbread Bath Salts

Follow the directions below to help each child make
 a batch of gingerbread scented bath salts to
 give to a special someone.  After making a batch,
program a gingerbread cutout with the following:

Sprinkle in as fast as you can!
Bath salts from the Gingerbread Man!
(Just a pinch or two per tub of water.)

Tie the cutout to the bag of bath salts and the gift is ready for giving.

Ingredients Needed:
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 lb. box of baking soda

Mix ingredients together thoroughly; then place in a resealable plastic bag.


Gingerbread Buddies

Cut out large gingerbread men out of paper bags and punched holes in them
 and let the children sew around them and stuff with fiberfill. Decorate with puffy
 paint & real buttons. The kids decorate a gingerbread man/woman and hang
 it on a board that is covered with aluminum foil to look like a cookie sheet.


Gingerbread Man

After we read the book, The Gingerbread Man, I had my kindergartners plan
what type of gingerbread man they each wanted to make. I gave each a ditto
with the outline of a gingerbread man on it. I showed them mine as a sample
(I drew M&M eyes, a raisin nose, red hot buttons etc...) then actually made
my gingerbread man according to my "blueprint." Then the children did the
same thing (planned it out on paper, then made their actual gingerbread
man.). It was especially nice for their parents to see what they made on
paper since they ate their gingerbread men before they went home.



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