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If you are looking for a fun Christmas craft for kids to celebrate the holiday season in December, you will love this super cute Gingerbread Pirates project! The pirate gingerbread man is from one of our favorite Christmas picture book and makes a fun gingerbread craft for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students.  The Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments recipe is super easy to make, smells amazing, and makes really cute homemade ornaments for kids to make!

If you are looking for a fun Christmas craft for kids to celebrate the holiday season in December, you will love this super cute Gingerbread Pirates project! The pirate gingerbread man is from one of our favorite Christmas picture book and makes a fun gingerbread craft for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students.  The Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments recipe is super easy to make, smells amazing, and makes really cute homemade ornaments for kids to make!

Gingerbread Pirates

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. . . . My kids are VERY into Gingerbread! They love our Gingerbread cookies recipe (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 for ornaments recipe that will keep & smells amazing. This Christmas activity is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students.

 

Pirate Gingerbread Man

We made Gingerbread pirates using our gingerbread cookie cutter. Some had missing legs, just like in the book. This is such a fun homemade Christmas ornament that will remind you and your kids about reading this really fun holiday Christmas book.

Cinnamon Ornament Dough recipe    love having my helpers in the kitchen

Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

These gingerbread ornaments are super easy to make and smell so good; they will make your house smell like Christmas!  Simply mix the flour, salt, water, and cinnamon until well combined. Roll out on counter and use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to make your gingerbread ornaments. We tweaked them to make them look like pirate gingerbread men by adding a hat tp the Captain, cutting off one of his legs and adding a toothpick for a peg leg.

these cinnamon christmas ornaments smell AMAZING

Gingerbread Ornaments

These need to cook low and slow so they cook through without browning! When they were cooked and cooled the kids painted their Gingerbread pirates with acrylic paint.

Painting Christmas Craftspainting our gingerbread pirates

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

pirate ornaments

Our captain gingerbread man pirate looked just like the book! Now, ten years later, we still look fondly on these ornaments on our tree! These were a HUGE hit in our house!

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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!

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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!

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Christmas Printables

Looking for ideas for fun Christmas learning with free Christmas printables? Check out these fun resources:

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Looking for more fun Christmas printables, Christmas Crafts, and Christmas activities to fill your holiday calendar? Check out these fun ideas!

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

Ingredients

  • 1 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • 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.

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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 - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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