gingerbread house craft

These lovely gingerbread houses are easy to make and fun for preschool children to decorate with a variety of craft materials. They also make a lovely gift for children to take home at the end of term or for creating a festive display.

Materials:

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The gingerbread house template can be downloaded using the link in the materials list above. Print onto card and cut out the templates. Place the house template onto a piece of brown felt and cut around the edge.

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Use a ruler and scissors to score along the fold lines of the template before cutting the felt and folding and glueing to form the gingerbread house.

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Once you have a basic house shape, children can get creative by sticking on pipe cleaners, pom poms, beads, pieces of felt, glitter glue or even sequins.


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For the roof, download and print the roof template before placing onto white felt and cutting out. The felt can then be glued onto the cardboard before being stuck onto the model.

We used our gingerbread houses to create a festive scene using a snowblanket, snowflakes and glitter with pom pom snowmen and pine cone Christmas trees.

Extension Idea: A gingerbread house can be used to bring the story of Hansel and Gretel to life using small dolls or puppets.

EYFS learning goals supported by this project:

ELG01 Communication and language development: listening and attention

ELG03 Communication and language: speaking

ELG04 Physical development: moving and handling co-ordination

ELG06 Personal, social and emotional development: self confidence and self awareness

ELG07 Personal, social and emotional development: managing feelings and behaviour

ELG12 Mathematics development: shape, space and measures

ELG13 Understanding the world: people and communities

ELG16 Expressive arts and design: exploring and using media and materials

ELG17 Expressive arts and design:being imaginative

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