When December rolls around each year, I can practically smell the scent of gingerbread in the air. Somehow, across the ages, gingerbread men became known as a Christmas cookie. That’s why it was so fun to make these gingerbread man sensory bags for some Christmas sensory play.
Note: For more Christmas activities your kids will love, see my Christmas Activities for Kids page.
To make our gingerbread man sensory bags, I drew a gingerbread man outline on a quart sized, plastic ziplock bag. We then squired about 10-12 ounces of clear gel into the bag. For these bags, you really don’t want to overfill the bags. You want just enough to be able to move things around, but not enough to give the bag much extra bulk.
(Please note that we also added brown liquid watercolors to the bag in an attempt to make brown gingerbread man. But this turned out to be a mistake, so please don’t repeat it. We would have been much better off just leaving the gel clear rather than turning it brown.)
Once the bags had enough gel, the kids added a few items I had prepared:
- 2 googly eyes
- 3 buttons
- a pair of red lips cut from foam sheets
- 2 small red circles cut from foam sheets (to make rosy cheeks, earrings, etc.)
- a number of white “sticks” cut from foam sheets (to make hair, bones, jewelry, clothing, etc.)
After all the items were in the bag, we closed the bag and then sealed it with duct tape to prevent any accidental openings.
Once the bags were sealed, I gave my kids a chance to play with them. One of the first things my son said was, “This is like a puzzle!” as he attempted to move all the pieces to form a face for the gingerbread man.
My daughter cracked me up when she said “I’m trying to make his face but it’s stubborn!” I guess her fine motor skills got quite a workout while playing with her gingerbread man sensory bag!
After the kids played with their bags for a while, creating their gingerbread men to their liking, we taped them to our back door so the kids could continue to play with them in the days to come.
It was, however, kind of funny to see the faces start to droop as gravity pulled the gel and other items down. 🙂
More Christmas resources
More Christmas posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Grow a Christmas tree sponge
- Christmas Montessori activities
- Q-tip painted Christmas tree
- Paper plate reindeer craft
- Christmas sensory bin
- Cinnamon Christmas ornaments
- Candy cane experiment
- Christmas game: What’s in the bag?
- Christmas Printables Pack
- Christmas Bingo
- Christmas do-a-dot printables
- Christmas gingerbread man templates
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