Christmas Adventure Calendar

Dec 24: ‘Running Legs’ Gingerbread Man Puppet-Making and Crumby Cookie Fun


By Chris Dunmire | Posted December 30, 2010 | Updated December 24, 2019

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Today's ADVENTure follows a trail of cookie crumbs to all tasty things gingerbread related! Cookies, stories, puppets, and more take you by surprise and pull you into a sweet, fantastic fantasy world of creativity and imagination.

'Running Man' Gingerbread Man Finger Puppets

Big Gingerbread Man Finger PuppetsParents, teachers, and caregivers: Make the classic Gingerbread Man tale come alive by animating the story while using these fun finger puppets cutouts! You can print them in two sizes: Large for big hands, and Little for small hands. After cutting out and assembling the puppet, stick your fingers through the leg hole to create the Gingerbread Man’s two “running” legs! No shoes needed! Puppets can be used for improvisational play or see the following story time suggestion.

Use Puppets for Gingerbread Story Time:

Puppets are creative devices to make a story come alive! Use these puppets while reading the Gingerbread Man story book while having one child (or adult) mimic the clever cookie’s running legs with a puppet each time he says, “Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Or, when story time is over, give each child a puppet to cut out and play with to recreate their own version of the story


Endless innovative and creative ways exist to use puppets with kids. For more ideas, see The Secret (and Very Creative) Life of Puppets by educator Abby Connors.

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Printed Gingerbread Man Finger Puppet page
  • Optional: Double-sided tape

Big Gingerbread Man Finger Puppets

Print Big Gingerbread Man Puppet

Finger Puppets Page (Large, Adult-Size, PDF 215KB)

Small Gingerbread Man Finger Puppets

Print Small Gingerbread Man Puppet

Finger Puppets Page (Small, Child-Size, PDF 234KB

Puppet Assembly Instructions:

  1. Print puppet cutout PDF page on paper or card stock.
  2. Cut puppet body and leg hole out along cut line.
  3. Fold puppet back at fold line.
  4. Stick fingers (index and middle) through leg hole.
  5. Optional: Apply double-sided tape to back of puppet’s body and stick to back of hand to hold in place.

Gingerbread House Making History, Projects, and Pattern Sources

Graham Cracker "Gingerbread" Houses

An illustrated project plan for creating fun decorated graham cracker houses (10 crackers per house) that look like miniature gingerbread homes. Fun Christmas craft for little hands.

Gingerbread History, Varieties, and Houses

Informative articles at Wikipedia includes detailed information about the history and origins of ginger bread, ingredients, varieties, and gingerbread cake.

Make your own Jan Brett Gingerbread Papercraft Friend

"Design a fun gingerbread character by dragging and dropping the features (eyes, mouth, decorations) onto the gingerbread friend. Then you can print out your Gingerbread Friend for a special person!"

A Tiny Gingerbread House that Perches on the Edge of Your Mug

Oh so cute! Instructions and free printable pattern on Not Martha show you how to create this tiny gingerbread cookie house — an adorable crafty creation of a cookie that hangs on the edge of your mug. A wonderful Christmas treat!

Craft Project: Crochet Gingerbread House

Thrifty fun project by Debra Frick shows you how to create a crochet gingerbread house from scrap yarn and a milk container. A lovely winter-time home decoration.

History of The Gingerbread Boy/Man

"Run, run, as fast as you can!" Learn about the origins and adaptations of the famous Gingerbread Man story. Features the text to the original story including Facsimile of 1875 story 'The Gingerbread Boy'.

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