During the holiday season, add a sprinkle of crafty fun to your celebrations! Encourage your little ones to tear paper with a project that’s as fun as it is festive. Sometimes kids may rip paper they’re not supposed to, but with this craft it’s actually encouraged!
This torn paper gingerbread craft is a fantastic way for kids to express their creativity and add a personal touch to their holiday decorations.
Tearing paper serves as an excellent activity to hone essential skills. As kids tear and paste colorful paper pieces to their gingerbread man template, they’ll enhance their fine motor skills and bilateral hand coordination.
If this adorable gingerbread man leaves your kids craving more sugary-sweet projects, be sure to check out some more of our gingerbread activities!
Gingerbread Fine Motor Craft
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To get going on this sweet project, you’ll need to gather a few simple supplies like colorful paper and glue. Use our free gingerbread man template to guide your little crafters on where to place each piece.
Download the gingerbread template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by spreading glue over a whole section of gingerbread background paper.
Next, start tearing different shades of brown paper into small pieces. Then, begin gluing them on all parts of the gingerbread’s body.
Begin creating the gingerbread boy by gluing the bowtie to his neck.
Place the gingerbread’s mouth just above the bowtie using glue. If you’re making a gingerbread girl, you’ll need to glue the icing hair on first and then glue the bow to the icing.
Glue both eyes just above the mouth.
Use markers to draw sprinkles on the hair. Then glue the hair to the top of the gingerbread’s head.
Position the buttons in the middle of the gingerbread’s body and glue it down.
Finish by gluing the icing decorations on the arms and legs.
Don’t forget to explore our other Christmas crafts for your kiddos while you’re here!
Ideas For Christmas
For parents and teachers looking to create fun, educational moments this holiday season, we’ve gathered some festive ideas that blend learning with the excitement of Christmas. We’ve got a sleigh full of activities to keep kids engaged and excited during the holidays.
You’ll find a mix of seasonal stories, delightful crafts, and engaging activities that will surely become cherished memories for your children. So, grab a cup of cocoa, gather your little ones, and use some of the ideas below to make this Christmas season both entertaining and educational.
Christmas Children’s Books
Below are some of the top Christmas books to read to your kids!
Dasher: This wonderfully illustrated Christmas book for kids gives you the back story on one of Santa’s favorite reindeer, Dasher! Girls will especially love to read this since Dasher is a girl.
Construction Site On Christmas Night: Fans of the fun characters of the construction site books have to add this Christmas-themed story to their collection. See how the trucks get ready for Christmas!
How To Catch An Elf: Kids everywhere love the silliness of this Christmas story. The rhymes and the illustrations will draw the kids in as well. This is a Christmas book kids will want to read every year!
Christmas Craft Activities
Santa Cup Craft – Transform an ordinary paper cup into a jolly Santa decoration with this cup craft! It’s a simple and entertaining project for kids to make a cute Christmas decoration. Plus, it encourages kids to use their creativity and enhance their fine motor skills in a fun way!
Grinch Photo Craft – Step into the mischievous world of the Grinch with this photo craft! Watch as your child’s face transforms into the Grinch, creating a keepsake Christmas decoration complete with movable arms and legs. Strike a pose and bring the craft to life!
Buddy the Elf Craft – Let the holiday magic unfold as your little ones become Santa’s most enthusiastic helper – Buddy the Elf! This craft lets kids turn their photo into the elf’s cheerful face, with posable arms and legs for festive fun. Create a unique and adorable keepsake this holiday season!
Reindeer Hat Craft – Get ready for some festive fun with our adorable reindeer headband! It’s a fun and easy Christmas activity for kids to proudly wear at a class party, holiday dinner, or throughout the season.
Use the step-by-step guide or check out our video tutorial for a merry crafting experience!
Christmas Preschool Activities
Celebrate the joy of learning this Christmas with our free printable reindeer worksheets! They’re designed for both festive fun and educational engagement. This set includes a “R is for reindeer” handwriting page, a letter R maze, and a “label a reindeer” activity.
These holiday themed activities offer a chance to practice letter recognition, handwriting, scissor skills, and more. Make this Christmas season merrier for your kids with these engaging and educational printables!
Get kids in the holiday spirit with our printable Christmas pattern block mats! These festive mats introduce math concepts like patterning, symmetry, fractions, and more, making learning a jolly experience.
Engage young minds with shapes, math, and fine motor skills with 13 pages of holiday themed printables featuring tangram puzzles of Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and more.
As winter sets in, keep the kids entertained and learning with our snowman cutting activity pages! These pages will guide kids through using their scissors with our silly snowman.
From cutting different paths to matching missing halves and counting, these cute snowman printables keep kids engaged while refining scissor control. Use at home or in the classroom for a valuable addition to your winter themed studies.
Add some festive learning to the Christmas break with these Christmas gnomes activity pages! This printable set is packed with coloring, word unscrambling, and holiday word searches that are both fun and educational.
Don’t let the holiday break interrupt learning – utilize these free printables to keep kids learning while having fun.
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More Winter Fun
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Gingerbread Template
- Download the gingerbread template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by spreading glue over a whole section of gingerbread background paper.
- Next, start tearing different shades of brown paper into small pieces. Then, begin gluing them on all parts of the gingerbread’s body.
- Start making the gingerbread boy by gluing the bowtie to the neck. If you're making a gingerbread girl, you'll need to glue the icing hair on first and then glue the bow to the icing.
- Place the gingerbread’s mouth just above the bowtie using glue.
- Glue both eyes just above the mouth.
- Use markers to draw sprinkles on the hair. Then glue the hair to the top of the gingerbread’s head.
- Position the buttons in the middle of the gingerbread’s body and glue it down.
- Finish by gluing the icing decorations on the arms and legs.