Decorating gingerbread cookies is such a fun Christmas activity to do with your kids, but sometimes the thought of buying ingredients, and the making and baking and potential mess is a bit too much. So instead your kids can enjoy one of these Decorate a gingerbread man craft free printables!
This the no mess, super easy, way to decorate gingerbread people!
Just print out a gingerbread man craft template (see the end of this post for the free printable), decide how you want to decorate him, collect the things you need, and get creative!
There are so many ways you can decorate your gingerbread cookie.
Decorate a Gingerbread Man with Loose Parts
‘Loose parts‘ is just a fancy way of saying lots of fun collections of bits and pieces to use for play. It’s great for fine motor skill practice and a fun, low mess, way to decorate your gingerbread men.
Here are some of the loose parts we used to decorate our gingerbread man:
- plastic gems
- pipe cleaners
- googly eyes
- popsicle sticks
Read more about loose parts play, what it is, why it’s awesome and what to use for it.
Decorate a Gingerbread Man with Collage.
Another fun way to create your gingerbread person is using collage materials.
A simple glue stick and a basket of craft items is all your need to create a gorgeous gingerbread man collage.
Here are some ideas for easy to find collage materials you could use to create your gingerbread man :
- Cut up wrapping paper.
- old Christmas cards
- fabric scraps
- old paintings or artwork cut up
Find lots more easy collage ideas here.
Decorate a Gingerbread Man with Play Dough.
Thess gingerbread man printables makes great play dough mats!
Get out some play dough or modelling clay and use them to decorate your gingerbread person. You could also add a rolling pin, some plastic knives, scissors (scissors are so fun to use with dough) or even some extruders to make some crazy wormy hair!
Check out some of the stuff we love to use with play dough on my Amazon page.
Decorate a Gingerbread Man with Pencil and Markers.
The easiest, low-mess way to decorate a gingerbread man is to simple draw on him!
Use a white oil pastel or crayon to draw on the coloured gingerbread man printable, or print the outline only version and use pencils, markers, or whatever you like to create a one of a kind gingerbread person!
Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie Free Printable
If you’d like to decorate some gingerbread men of your own you can use our free printable gingerbread cookie templates.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
How else could you decorate these gingerbread cookies?
I’m sure you could come up with lots of fun ways to use these decorate a gingerbread man craft templates. You could paint gorgeous designs, or use natural materials, or even zentangle on them. There are so many creative ways to decorate these gingerbread cookies!
Looking for more Christmas ideas, activities, and free printables?
Find all Christmas printables here!