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.
- gingerbread house template and gingerbread house roof temaplate
- Kaleidocraft card or any a4 380 micron card
- Glue stick
- Glue dots
- Pipe cleaners
- Pom poms
- Star and snowflake sequin mix
- Snow blanket
- Irridescent snowflakes
- Glitter glue
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.
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.
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.
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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