We made a gingerbread man in preschool

As we continue to explore the Five Senses of Christmas we had fun with our sense of taste (and smell) as we had a little Gingerbread man fun!

To kick start our Gingerbread fun, we read “The Gingerbread Loose In School” by Laura Murray….

This book was about a Gingerbread man that the children made in their class but when they went outside to play, the Gingerbread man was left behind to dry. The Gingerbread Man didn’t like being left behind and went off looking for the children throughout the school….

We used flour paint to decorate our houses and men. To make the paint, I used…

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • Food Color
  • Water
  • And Ginger seasoning to add a little ginger smell!
I mixed all the ingredients together and added enough water to make a paste with the flour. I filled squeeze bottles (that I bought from Walmart – next to the spatulas and other cookware) with different colors of the flour paint…

The children used the flour paint to decorate their houses and gingerbread men. We talked about making dots and lines but some of the children still preferred to make puddles:) …

After each child completed their gingerbread or house, I would pop it into the microwave for about 1 minute (more or less depending on how much paint they added)…

Every child’s gingerbread man and house turned out different….

Some children used lots of colors and others chose to use only one…

Some of the children asked to make another set – I happen to have a few extra cutouts on hand so I let them have at it…

If I wouldn’t have had extra, they could have always used the flour paint on a construction paper house and man shape instead…

Once the children had completed their gingerbread man and house, I poked a hole (with a small screwdriver) in the top of each and added yarn….

That night, I hung them on the children’s hooks. What a sweet addition to our classroom!  I could have looked at them hanging there all day but they all went home the very next day…

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By |2017-03-28T22:28:25+00:00December 5th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Pam December 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Yea! My kids will love this- thanks for the idea! We definitely will try this soon. They have been obsessed with the Gingerbread Baby book by Jan Brett- so this fits right in! 🙂 (I also love how they look hanging on the coat hooks!)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

      Haha – thank you Pam! I haven’t seen your Gingerbread Babies! I better pop on over!

  2. Esther December 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    My daughter would love it! I was looking for a cool idea of gingerbread man decoration! Thanks for the idea, we will surely give it a try!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

      And I LOVE your birthday cake card!! Super cute!

  3. The Iowa Farmer's Wife December 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    This is great! Wish I’d seen it last week!!! We did gingerbread men for our preschool last week. These are great! Pinning!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 12:01 am - Reply

      Oh no!! Maybe you can sneak it in:) Gingerbread follow-up week:)

  4. Diana December 6, 2011 at 6:34 am - Reply

    How ironic – this our art project for today! I was poking around looking for the exact recipe for puffy paint when I came across your post! Cant wait tod do this with my kiddos!

  5. Paula December 6, 2011 at 8:49 am - Reply

    How did you cut the gingerbread men and the houses out of cardboard. It looks like corrugated. Love your site BTW! Have a great day and a Merry Christmas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      I cut them all out of a plain old box using a pair of scissors:) Merry Christmas to you too!

  6. Melissa @imaginationsoup December 6, 2011 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Love those squeeze bottles and how each child was so engaged!

  7. Little Wonders' Days December 6, 2011 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, you just keep coming up with the cutest ideas! Love this.

  8. Susan Case December 6, 2011 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Congratulations on the Edublog Award Nominations! I’m voting for you.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Susan:)

  9. Aleacia@Dilly-Dali Art December 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I love these! I have a lot of cardboard. We have gingerbread decorating on our activity calendar, this would be a perfect alternative to making cookies 🙂

  10. maryanne @ mama smiles December 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I love the squeeze bottles with the homemade paint for this activity! The gingerbread people and houses look great!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      They were super fun and the homemade paint makes it nice because you don’t worry about them overusing it so much!

  11. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum December 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    What a lovely idea – I especially like the use of flour paint. My husband was asking what he could do with J this week and I think this is a perfect idea. Thank you for sharing.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Ah, I would love to see your husband painting with J! That’s awesome!

  12. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam December 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    I love this idea because we have already made gingerbread cookies and my daughter keeps asking to make more gingerbread men but I don’t want more cookies in the house because we both have consumed enough sugar to last us until the New Year. 😉

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      Well these are great because they are fat free, sugarless, and half the mess:)

  13. Laura (The SEEDS Network) December 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Flour paint!? What will you think of next?! Love It!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Laura – we had the best time with this activity!

  14. critters and crayons December 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Good idea to make the paint smell like ginger!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you:)

  15. Sarah @ Frugal Fun for Boys December 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! And, I wonder if using those squeeze bottles would fulfill my sensory-loving 2 year old’s urge to squeeze out toothpaste, ketchup, etc.? It’s worth a try!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Haha – my students love squeeze bottles!

  16. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree December 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Love gingerbread men. I’ll be posting some soon too!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      I can’t wait to see yours!

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