Gingerbread personalities

By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Children can make gingerbread characters with all kinds of personalities with this craft idea from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Ages: preschool and above

Materials: 6” X 9” brown construction paper, cardboard pattern for gingerbread person, yarn cut in short lengths, paper scraps, miniature pom-poms, rick-rack, glitter, markers, scissors, white glue and newspapers


Spread newspapers on the table.

Create a pattern for a gingerbread person out of cardboard.  Have your children trace around the pattern on the brown construction paper.

Cut out the gingerbread person and create a face.

Create clothing out of paper scraps.

Decorate with paper scraps, yarn, rick-rack, pom-poms and glitter.


This project is a great way to begin the holiday season. In addition you might want to make gingerbread man cookies.  Cooking with children reinforces following sequential directions and learning to use measurements.


The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.


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