I am a huge fan of gingerbread. Every year in November, I start gathering my supplies to build a big gingerbread house.
I know what you all are thinking. We have not even made it through Halloween yet, why are we already sharing Christmas crafts. Well, our first official snowfall just hit us in October. Our fireplace was lit for the first time this season and it was accompanied by hot cocoa with marshmallows.
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While digging out our marshmallows, I found an old bag of jumbo marshmallows which were just too big and soft to resist. Marshmallows make wonderful paint stamps and are just fun to paint with because of their soft, bouncy texture.
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“Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me. I’m the Gingerbread Man.”
I know it is early & we have not even had Halloween yet, but always around this time of year my mind starts wandering to gingerbread. Why, you might ask? Because every year, I start getting ready to construct my annual holiday gingerbread house. Since it is usually a time consuming project, I typically start in the beginning of November.
Here is a gingerbread version of our old house from a few Christmases ago.
This year has been hectic with moving out of our house & waiting for the construction on our new home to finish. With all of this going on, a gingerbread house is not in the cards, but that can’t stop us from making some gingerbread crafts.
We are staying with relatives during our construction. We just so happen to be sharing a roof with a little girl, a little younger than Mai, who also enjoys crafts as much as we do. Last night the three of us worked on a couple simple crafts together.
Build a gingerbread man
This was a quick & easy craft for both children. The skill level will be different depending on age. I did this craft with a 2 & 3 year old.
What you will need:
Construction paper (brown & white)
Glue sticks or school glue
Draw & cut out a few gingerbread man shapes.
Cut wavy lines out of white construction paper for the icing for the arms & legs. Put those, googly eyes, buttons & pom poms on a plate to be used for decoration.
Give your child or children some glue & let them go…
Here was Mai’s original craft. She then decided that she wanted to draw in a tutu, ballet shoes and some hair as well.
Our other tiny crafter did a great job on hers as well.
And of course, mommy did one as well. I stole the rosy cheek idea from my daughter.
They both did great on their crafts, but before we picked up we squeezed in one more.
Footprint Gingerbread Men
I painted both children’s cute little tootsies in brown paint & pressed them onto a piece of paper one at a time.
I dipped a finger into the same paint & formed the arms on either side of each foot. With white paint, I added the icing to the arms & across the bottom of the feet.
We finished them off by drawing in the face, bow & buttons using magic marker. This will make a lovely holiday keepsake & a great memory for the kids of this time that they are sharing together.
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