Gingerbread Man

Christmas Crafts

Run, run, as fast as you can… You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man. This is a great way for younger kids to make a pretty realistic gingerbread man without all the mess and hassle of making them in the kitchen. This also makes a great bulletin board display or Christmas Ornament!

If you happen to be reading one of the many stories about gingerbread men, then this project would be ideal to go along with the story and reinforce what you’ve read with your charge.

You’ll Need:

  • Brown sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Markers, crayons, pom poms, glitter, buttons, etc. to decorate
  • Hole punch (Optional)

What to Do:

1. Print out the template below and trace it on to the back side of the sandpaper. Cut it out (a grown up may have to do this for younger children).

2. Decorate the gingerbread man any way you desire.

We used glitter glue in the example, but here are some other suggestions:

  • Color with crayons or markers
  • Use pom poms or real buttons to make the man’s buttons and eyes
  • Glue on pieces of cereal to make the features
  • Glue on pieces of real candy
  • Embellish with yarn or ribbon
  • Use glitter or confetti to “shine” up the gingerbread man
  • Glue on cotton ball hair

3. Punch a hole and tie on a ribbon to make an ornament or to hang from the ceiling. Most sandpaper is stiff enough without having to glue it onto another piece of paper or cardboard.

The Template
Be sure to enlarge the template on a copier to make it larger if desired.


  1. After school today we are going to try stringing popcorn for the first time.

  2. I like decorating christmas cookies and gingerbread houses with older kids. Young ones make a terrible mess.

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