Gingerbread Pirates

Friday, December 30, 2011

Gingerbread Pirates


Here is a super cute Christmas Craft for Kids based on one of our favorite Christmas books - The Gingerbread Pirates.
Gingerbread Pirates Craft for Kids is one of our favorite Christmas Crafts for kids - includes Cinnamon Ornament Dough Recipe

Believe it or not my kids were begging to do ‘preschool’ the week before Christmas. So even though I hadn’t planned anything I whipped something up. . . .

Gingerbread Pirates Craft for Kids

My kids are VERY into Gingerbread! They love our Gingerbread cookies (our recipe comes out super soft if you need one), gingerbread houses, and now their new favorite book: The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup. So we whipped up some Cinnamon Dough that will keep & smells amazing:

Cinnamon Ornament Dough Recipe

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 3/4 cup warm water
  • Jar Cinnamon (2.37 oz)
Mix all ingredients in a mixer. No need to add flour on the counter to roll out! Roll & make gingerbread men. Cook at 300 F for 1 hour. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool thoroughly before painting or covering in lacquer.

Gingerbread Pirate Ornaments

We made Gingerbread pirates using our gingerbread cookie cutter. Some had missing legs, just like in the book.
Cinnamon Ornament Dough recipe    love having my helpers in the kitchen

Then we made the Captain by adding a hat, cutting off one of his legs and adding a toothpick for a peg leg.

Gingerbread pirates ornaments kids can make

When they were cooked and cooled the kids painted their Gingerbread pirates with regular paint.

Painting Christmas Craftspainting our gingerbread pirates

We let them dry and then it was time to play with our Gingerbread Pirates.

Gingerbread Pirates is our favorite Christmas book for Kids

These were a HUGE hit in our house!

Gingerbread Men Wreath

We also made a gingerbread men wreath with our leftover dough. We pinched the gingerbread men together with a little water, pressed in a raisin buttons and baked. Then we painted the gingerbread men. It was super easy & turned out so cute!

kid made Christmas wreathGingerbread men Wreath Craft for Kids

Gingerbread Pirate Worksheet for Kids

The Gingerbread Pirates Worksheets for Kids - free printable worksheets for preschool, kindregarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students perfect for some extra fun at Christmas

We finished out our learning this week using the Free printable Gingerbread Pirate Worksheets for Kids (Preschool-3rd grade).



  1. So sweet. I love gingerbread cookies - especially creative wreath - seems like they would have been eaten first. Happy New Year.

  2. That certainly looks like a book my 5 year old would enjoy!!


  3. Cute book and go along activity!

  4. I love the toothpick leg. lol. Sounds like a great book!

  5. Your gingerbread pirates and wreath are adorable. Such a neat idea to make a wreath.

    I am excited to start linking to your linky party early in the New Year.

    happy new year to you and yours!

  6. oh goodness - the peg leg, I busted out laughing! very cute !

  7. My son loved this book, too! Love your cookies!

  8. I love this unit so much that I pinned it. I am so going to do the area and perimeter activities.

  9. Those pirates are SO adorable!

  10. How did you make the pirate's hat?

  11. We used a gingerbread cookie cutter, but instead of pressing down to cut out their head I freehanded a pirate hat (that way it was actually attached to his body). Hope that helps =-)