Gingerbread Clan

4-6 year olds | one hour

Whether it’s Christmastime or anytime, nothing decorates a room better than a string of colourful gingerbread men, women, and children. This craft can take an hour or more—depending on how intricate you and your child want to make the gingerbread figures.

What You'll Need

  • brown paper bags or brown construction paper
  • crayons
  • markers
  • pencil
  • glue
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • long piece of string
  • fabric scraps


  1. Draw a gingerbread figure with pencil on a piece of brown paper for your child. Make sure you draw a rectangle on top of the figure’s head. This will be used later on (see photo for our gingerbread figure suggestion).
  2. Cut out that figure. Use this cut out as a template for your other gingerbread people. Take the cut out, trace at least nine other gingerbread people.
  3. Cut out all the gingerbread people.
  4. Decorate! Helpful features to draw in with marker or crayon include eyes, smile, buttons and clothes.
  5. Fold over the rectangle at the top of each head. Staple the end of this rectangle to the back of the gingerbread person’s head.
  6. Take the string and pull it through all the loops that these rectangles made behind each gingerbread figure’s head. Staple tighter if need be to keep string snug.
  7. Once strung, hang your gingerbread family up in one of your rooms or across a doorway. Enjoy.

Fun Tips:

  • For gingerbread women, fashion a scrap of fabric for a skirt (a wide triangle works well). Glue on over the gingerbread legs.
  • For girls and women, add thread of string for hair to the head.
  • For gingerbread men, cut out two small triangles from fabric scrap or draw them on with markers and it makes a handsome bow tie.
  • Add real buttons to the gingerbread people to give them more character.
  • Add bits of fabric or ribbon for belts for gingerbread people.

Tags: paper craft

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