Today’s gingerbread craft also teaches children to identify emotions while using a mixed media approach. Typically, we always see gingerbread men and women smiling, but this gingerbread activity takes a different approach. You can use our gingerbread template (provided below) to differentiate if children still need help drawing a gingerbread man/woman freehand.
Prior to starting this gingerbread craft, we searched magazines for people expressing different emotions. We discussed the different types of emotions we saw, then recreated them using mixed media. You could also introduce opposites, i.e. the gingerbread man is happy or sad.
Here’s the final gingerbread project below:
- gingerbread template
- buttons or sequins
- brown paper bag
- Prep by finding pictures of people expressing different emotions and let the kids discuss them.
- List the types of emotions the kids see.
- Print my gingerbread template (full page). You can also use our medium gingerbread template (2 per page), or our small gingerbread template (four to a page).
- Cut it out and use it to trace a gingerbread man on a brown paper bag.
- Cut out the gingerbread man on the brown paper bag.
- Use magazines, googly eyes, markers etc. to create an emotion on the gingerbread man’s face.
- Add more mixed media and decorate the rest of the gingerbread man’s body.
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