Nothing says December quite like gingerbread houses. In another blog post, I shared how you can ditch those milk cartons and make a MUCH easier gingerbread house (plus this version is edible!). Today I'm back sharing a DIY Gingerbread House Craft that's perfect for the holiday season.
Gingerbread House Craft
You can complete this craft as a whole group, or as a station during rotations. This activity is great to strengthen fine motor skills, but it also encourages students to listen and follow directions.
I think it's a good idea to have a completed example to show the students what they will be making. But then I also make the craft with them, so I am modeling as we go. There are no tracers – just simple rounding corners and following directions.
I think it works best to pass out each section one at a time. That way students know what piece to work on and there isn't any confusion. We work on the gingerbread house craft step by step. Except for the gumdrops, once the students have done one, they usually have the hang of it and can do the other independently. First I model how to cut the paper and then the students cut the paper.
Supplies You'll Need:
All you’ll need for the gingerbread house craft is construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, and a red marker. You can chose to have students make the gingerbread house fun and festive colors – or use traditional colors like red and green. Better yet, let the students pick!
Each student will need:
- House – 5×6 rectangle
- Roof – 5×4 rectangle
- Door – 2 x 4 rectangle
- Gumdrops – 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 squares
- Snow on Roof – ½ x 5 (two pieces)
- Windows – 1 ½ x 1 ½ squares
- Window Frames ½ x 1 ½
- Peppermints 1 ½ x 1 ½
All measurements are in inches.
Assembling the Gingerbread House:
Students will need a 5″ x 6″ brown rectangle for the base of the gingerbread house. Nothing is done to this piece, except gluing it on the paper. This is the first step to creating this gingerbread house craft.
Creating the Roof:
For the window frames, cut the ½” x 1 ½” piece into 4 equal pieces. If this step is too much, you can have students draw the window frames on with a marker.
For a more in-depth look at the Gingerbread House Craft, check out this video:
This gingerbread house craft makes an adorable bulletin board or window display for the month of December. They are cheerful, colorful, and students can put their own unique spin on them.