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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 #gingerbreadmen #christmasactivities

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

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:


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

these cinnamon christmas ornaments smell AMAZING
When they were cooked and cooled the kids painted their Gingerbread pirates with regular paint.

Painting Christmas Craftspainting our gingerbread piratesWe let them dry and then it was time to play with our Gingerbread Pirates.

pirate ornaments

These were a HUGE hit in our house!

kid made Christmas wreathGingerbread men Wreath Craft for Kids

Gingerbread Man 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!

FREE-Gingerbread-Pirates-Worksheets-for-Kids how-to-grow-a-candy-cane-christmas-kids-activity FREE Christmas Around the World Activities for Kids - kids will have fun exploring over 30 countries while they learn about other countries holiday traditions, language, flag, geography, interesting facts and more. Includes Christmas crafts, recipes, FREE Christmas Around the World worksheets and more! #christmasaroundtheworld #christmasworksheets #free

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

This zany Grow a Candy Cane Activity is another must try Christmas activity on its own, using an Elf on the Shelf, or to give out to classmates.

Finally, don’t miss our EPIC Christmas Around the World unit! This includes free printables, and detailed posts on over 40 countries Christmas traditions along with clever activities and yummy recipes to try!


these cinnamon christmas ornaments smell AMAZING
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Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

These cinnamon gingerbread pirates are such a fun Christmas activity to go along with reading our favorite - Christmas Pirates book. The ornaments smell AMAZING!
Author: Beth Gorden


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 1 large jar ground cinnamon about 3 oz


  • Mix all ingredients in a mixer. No need to add flour on the counter to roll out! Roll & make gingerbread men. Cook on parchment paper lined baking sheet at 300 F for 1 hour. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool thoroughly before painting or covering in lacquer.

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - and

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