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).


Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.