Enjoy these gingerbread man puppets templates – craft and act out the whole story! If yo loved this, check out this glasses paper craft for Christmas too! This post contains affiliate links.
The story of the Gingerbread Man is quite a morbid one. An elderly man and woman want a son, so they bake a gingerbread boy, who comes to life and runs away because he thinks they want to eat him. AFter running away from a pig, cow, and horse, he runs into a river. A fox offers to help him cross, and when he reaches the end, the fox eats him.
We tend to tell our kids different sorts of tales these days. However it has some valuable lessons:
- There’s nothing like home
- Don’t trust strangers
- Strangers aren’t mean and scary and threatening to eat you. Strangers are acting kind and helping you cross rivers (or showing you a puppy or offering you candy…)
While this story isn’t exactly a Christmas story, it’s definitely one that’s become associated with the holiday. Maybe it’s the “just cuz he’s wearing a Santa suit, doesn’t mean you should trust him” moral? Probably it’s because ginger is a warm, comforting winter spice, and therefore gingerbread is a holiday food.
Either way, these gingerbread man puppets are there to tell the whole story – or whichever parts of it you’d like to include today!
To make it easier to craft, download the free template and trace the parts.
You don’t need to make all the puppets if you don’t want to. You can even just stick to the gingerbread man if you’d like to keep this simple!
However you choose to put together your gingerbread man puppets, just have fun, be creative, and don’t forget to add your own spin!
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What you need
- Colored craft papers – make sure you have skin tones available too
- Pencil – to trace the template
- Glue (tacky glue is fabulous but regular white glue would work too)
- Pen or marker
- Optional: googly eyes, sequins, small buttons, or other small embellishments
- Popsicle sticks
How to make Gingerbread Man Puppets
1. Download, print out and cut out the templates. Trace the templates on the correct colored papers. I’m going to show you the old lady and gingerbread man templates – the rest should be easy to understand from the final photos!
2. Glue the hair to the top of the head. Glue the sweater to the top of the dress.
3. Glue the head to the top of the sweater.
4. Use a pen or marker to draw the face of the old lady. If you’re feeling not too artistic, just keep it simple!
5. Take the gingerbread man and glue on the semicircle frosting to the top of his head.
6. Attach the buttons running down the center of his torso. Note: these types of parts can be hard to follow a template for. You can also use a hole punch – or actual mini buttons.
7. Glue on the arm and leg frosting lines. Use a pen or marker to draw on the face of the gingerbread man puppet.
8. Attach the gingerbread man puppets to popsicle sticks to complete the puppets.
9. Assemble the rest of your characters. They’re pretty straightforward if you follow this photo! You can draw on some of the smaller details if you prefer not to cut too many fine pieces.
Your gingerbread man puppets are complete! I hope you loved crafting them!