Gingerbread shapes and paper houses for preschool

I have to confess, but this is the first year I have ever tried introducing a gingerbread unit in my classroom and I can’t believe what I have been missing….

From gingerbread houses to the gingerbread man to sensory, senses, creative art, math, science – the activities you can do are endless….

For a little taste of gingerbread math, I created these gingerbread houses with shapes that matched the shapes of buttons and pattern blocks I have on hand. I set it all out on the table for the children to explore…

This was super easy for most of my students but they liked the idea of decorating the house since we have been reading about and creating gingerbread houses over the past several days…

Some of my students asked if they could color and stamp shapes on the houses too – I had made plenty of house shapes, so I let them have at it…

At the other table, and on the same day, I set out construction paper house shapes for the children to decorate…

I have a whole basket of left over shapes of all sizes. The children cut the scraps of paper into smaller sizes as they wished and glued them on brown construction paper gingerbread house shapes…

The children kept going back over to the art shelf to choose a different tool they wished to use.  They had out scissors, hole punches, crayons, glue, glue sticks, and I am not sure what else.  This was a simple idea and adding different tools from the art center made the process much more interesting…

I have noticed that my students are becoming more capable at using all the materials we have on our art shelf. They can be trusted to use all the items they select responsibly because they have been given the opportunity to use them so often throughout the school year…

I just loved their construction paper gingerbread houses and the children let me display them on the board – often times, they really want to take their artwork home so my board can start looking a little lonely…

So many colors, so many ways to decorate their houses…

Art in action

My art board doesn’t look so lonely now!

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By |2017-03-28T22:28:09+00:00December 10th, 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. Cindi December 10, 2011 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Is this shape house available to print?
    I love it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 12, 2011 at 12:17 am - Reply

      Not yet – but I will try to add it tomorrow!

  2. lauren cariski December 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    I also make cute gingerbread men with numbers on some and quantitites of buttons on the others. The children have to match the quantity of buttons to the gingerbread boy/girl with the numeral that matches. They love this math matching game.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 12, 2011 at 12:17 am - Reply

      Terrific math ideas Lauren!!

  3. Brooke December 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah…I love this idea! Did you ever get a chance to post the printable house? If so, where can I find the link? Again, great idea!!! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you for that reminder. I am so sorry that I haven’t added it yet. It has been a crazy busy week:) I will try to remember to go over to my preschool office and add it tomorrow. Unfortunately, I don’t have it on my home computer.

  4. Val January 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I’d love a shape house to print. THanks for all your work!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 24, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      I just made mine on Microsoft Word using their shape tool.

  5. Stanforetta carson October 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Love this Where can I print it.

    • Deborah Stewart October 30, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      I just made it on MSWord!

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