Get crafty this Christmas with items you already have around your house! This Christmas gingerbread man ornament is a great way to strengthen your child’s fine motor muscles and math skills!
Easy Gingerbread Man Ornament
Read on to find out how to incorporate a little math learning too! Affiliate links are used in this article.
- Metallic Gold Spray Paint
- Permanent Marker1-Hole Punch
- Uncooked Elbow Noodles
- Empty Cardboard Box
- School Glue
- Red Chinelle Stems /Pipe Cleaners or thin red ribbon
- Thick Red Ribbon
- Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
Directions to make an Easy Gingerbread Man Ornament
1. ADULTS: Cut a shape out of the box.
Make a hole near the edge using the hold punch.
2.Use the permanent marker and write the child’s name on the back of the gingerbread man
3. ADULT ONLY STEP: Set the cardboard gingerbread man newspapers outside, away from children. Follow all safety instructions on your paint container.
Spray with gold paint. Let dry. This will be the back of the ornament.
4. Set the shiny side down on the table. Let the child place drop of glue on the. Put a noodle on top of each glue drop.
MATH SPIN ON IT:
Roll and Cover Christmas gingerbread man:
For older children, let them roll 1 die and call out the number Place the same amount of glue dots as the number rolled. Then cover each glue dot with a noodle. Repeat rolling until the has been filled.
Challenge: How many noodles are on the gingerbread man all together?
For an EXTRA math challenge:
Hand children two dice. Let them roll both and place either the sum or the difference on their gingerbread man a 2 and a 4 would mean children could place either 2 glue dots (4-2=2) or 6 glue dots on their gingerbread man (4+2=6) 4.
Allow the gingerbread man to dry.
5. ADULT ONLY STEP: Set the dried noodle on newspapers outside, away from children. Follow all safety instructions on your paint container. Spray with gold paint. Make sure to paint from several angles until all the noodles and cardboard is covered. Allow to dry
6. Thread the red Pipe Cleaner through the hole and twist.
OPTIONAL: Have the children wrap their gingerbread man ornament with tissue paper to give as a gift.
- The Christmas Story
- The Animals’ Christmas Eve (Little Golden Book)
- God Gave Us Christmas
- Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
- God Bless Our Christmas
- A Christmas Prayer
- The Parable Series: The Pine Tree Parable
- This Is the Stable
- Who Is Coming to Our House? (Board Book)
- Mortimer’s Christmas Manger