This Gingerbread Man Paint Stamping activity is a super easy Gingerbread Man craft for toddlers but can be used with kids of all ages.
All you need are a few basic craft supplies that you probably already have around the house and children can get creative printing and designing their own gingerbread man family for a fun and simple festive activity.
This project is great for a Winter craft idea and also works as a tie in activity if you are doing a nursery rhyme or fairytale topic looking at the classic story of The Little Gingerbread Man.
What do you get when you mix paint with gingerbread men? Nothing but a whole lot of fun!
Supplies for Gingerbread Man Stamping Paint Activity
There are only three essential basic supplies you need for this craft and then you can improvise with whatever craft bits and pieces you have around the house.
You will need
- Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
We also used a paper plate to hold the paint, and you will need glue to stick your choice of decorations.
We used black paper to make the Gingerbread Man print stand out nicely. N’s favorite colour is blue so she chose that, otherwise you might want to go with brown or red or orange for a more gingery colour – or go crazy and make a whole rainbow gingerbread family.
Supplies for decorating your gingerbread man craft
You can include any of these…
- Googley eyes
- Patterned Tape
- Pom Poms
How to do Gingerbread Man Paint Stamping
All you need to do is press down with the cookie cutter firmly onto the paint and then stamp onto your paper.
This is really easy, it is a great craft for toddlers and younger children as they can get great results very easily.
Young kids feel great when they complete this craft independently and create a recognisable gingerbread shape that they can decorate.
Because this activity is so simple and takes only minimal supplies it’s also a good one to set up for an arts and crafts table if you are running toddler groups or playgroups.
The paint-stamped design doesn’t need to be perfect; it’s meant to be interactive and inspire creativity.
Set up different coloured trays of paint and a few different sizes and shapes of gingerbread man cookie cutter shapes for the children to choose and use.
Picking out the little decorations and sticking them down is great way to work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
You can talk about the different parts of the body, different colors and shapes. There are all kinds of learning opportunities for younger children.
One of our favourite ways we found to decorate the gingerbread men is by filling up the paint stamped shape with different coloured and patterned tapes.
Ripping and tearing the tape is a great work out for little hand muscles.
Decorating all of the gingerbread people is a fun way to express creativity and let the kids bring out their individual personality.
They can pick names for the different Gingerbread men or Gingerbread people and create a whole Gingerbread family.
If you have a set with a few different gingerbread man cookie cutters of different sizes you can create the mummy Gingerbread, Daddy Gingerbread, Baby gingerbread man and so on.
After making this Gingerbread painting craft if you would like to get baking and make some Gingerbread man cookies to eat, here is a super easy Gingerbread people recipe that kids will enjoy baking.
Decorating cookies is a fun family tradition. It’s a great way to get kids involved in cooking and baking, and it makes holiday baking more of a collaborative activity.
Take some inspiration from the Gingerbread men you just painted, and personalize your Christmas cookies with some festive art. It’s easy to do and kids love it!
This is a great way to get children excited about the holidays as they learn how to bake new things and create some holiday magic for their friends and family.
You could also make some ginger and cinnamon cloud dough for sensory play. This stuff smells so good and is lots of fun to play with – perfect for toddlers to explore.
Our cinnamon and ginger cloud dough recipe is so easy and only takes 4 ingredients.
Check out our list of over 40 Winter sensory play ideas for more ideas and recipes like this.
The Little Gingerbread Man Story
The story of the Gingerbread Man is a well-known folktale, and is the story of a Little Gingerbread Man who is baked by an old lady but then runs away so he can’t be eaten.
It has the famous rhyme “Run Run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man”
More Easy Winter Crafts for Toddlers
Here are a few more Christmas crafts for toddlers that are super easy to put together, with only a few supplies.
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