This activity is perfect for busy days that you want to do a fun holiday themed activity but you don’t have much time. I used Play-Doh instead of making my own but here is a great gingerbread playdough recipe if you want to make your own. Also if you have kids sensitive to gluten try our awesome gluten free playdough recipe ( it’s my favorite). It’s important for me to find ways of making one activity appropriate for both my kids and their vastly different developmental stages and I think we managed with this gingerbread people play.
- Gather your materials. I used play-dough ( hard to beat under a buck for a pack when you are short on time!), colored popscicle sticks from our sponsor craftprojectideas.com , and cookie cutters for my toddler. We added some buttons, pieces of yard and bakers twine , scissors, beads and googly eyes for my preschooler.
- For toddlers just have fun feeling, squishing, and introducing the cookie cutters. We talked about body parts and the color brown.
- She attacked it with popscicle sticks and we talked about red and green.
- And of course she just explored.
- With my son I had it prepped for him to play while I read to my daughter nearby. I had an example because he likes having a guide and doesn’t seem to feel the need to follow, he is still creative. If your child is one that feels the need ot replicate the guide exactly I would simply give them oral instructions. Every kid is so different always adjust for your child.
- He liked cutting them out more than decorating so we squished some of the already cut ones back together and cut a bunch.
- Decorated a few with eyes.
- He was rather proud of these baker twine candy canes too.
- Projects like these are great because you can re do it if it was a hit or use the items for other play if it wasn’t.