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One of my favorite children’s illustrators and blog, Jenny B Harris/allsorts, added this fun activity to her site! Check Out her blog while you’re there! And don’t get too addicted to decorating the house!!

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[Bucilla felt gingerbread house kit shown in photo, just so you can see how totally insane you can get with a felt gingerbread house!]

Kids will love making a gingerbread house that they can use year after year. It makes a great classroom project or a great craft for the boredom blues. The decorating ideas are endless with this gingerbread house.

Craft Difficulty Rating: Average

You Will Need:

  • Mrs. Field’s cookie box (or any other cardboard box shaped like a house)
  • Brown felt sheet
  • Scrap pieces of felt, assorted colors
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cover the box with brown felt by gluing it down.
  2. Use white felt pieces to make “icing” for the house. You can cut the felt into a pattern if you wish.
  3. Use various scrap pieces to create candy shapes. I used gumdrops, mints, peppermint sticks, and gumdrops on my house as an example. Glue the pieces in place.
  4. Let it dry and there you have a great gingerbread house made from felt.
  5. Variation: To turn this craft into a playset, don’t glue the candy pieces down. Let kids recreate multiple houses by rearranging the candy pieces or adding new ones. It works just like a felt board.

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Here is a great link to a site with many FREE Christmas coloring sheets(the one above is only one example!)! click here!

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Ginberbread ManGingerbread Man

Introduction

I love Christmas and there are so many crafts you can do with the kids from toddlers and up like paper gingerbread men!

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need

Steps

Step One

cut out a gingerbread man shape with brown construction paper.

Step Two

cut out a larger gingerbread man with red construction paper with scissors that have zig zag or deckle edges.

Step Three

Have the kids glue the brown gingerbread man on top of the red gingerbread man

Step Four

Bring out different craft pieces like googly eyes, stickers, piper cleaners and buttons.

Step Five

You can also cut out eyes or pieces to make a vest and shorts or color with markers.

Step Six

Decorate and get creative! You can add glitter, cut a hole on top and make yarn loop and hang on the tree or window.

Overall Tips & Warnings

  • When doing crafts with toddlers this is a great time to encourage independence and creativity and simple crafts like this gingerbread man give you just that opportunity to let them go on their own.
  • Make sure you are using safety scissors if you allow them to cut any part of the craft.

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