My son is a sort of Gingerbread Man story connoisseur and collector. He has many different versions in his collection. His newest is The Gingerbread Man Loose in School by Laura Murray, illustrated by Mike Lowery which is a lot of fun. Personally, even though I know it is coming, I always find the classic ending a little disturbing which is probably why I like The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. My daughter’s favorite is the sequel to Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst called The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers.
I ran out of time to make my kids handmade gifts this Christmas but luckily I had a second chance since my son’s birthday is in January. I thought it was about time for him to tell his OWN gingerbread story so I created a felt set and I am sharing the templates and basic instructions!
Print out the following PDF: Gingerbread Man Felt Set Template, cut out the pieces and trace the shapes on felt. Next cut out the felt shapes and glue the outfits on the kids and the the oven door on the oven (just along the bottom). Then you can add a few details with 3D fabric paint. To make the combination felt board and folder I cut out a 12 X 18 inch piece of foam core. To create the fold, I cut down the center with a craft knife and straight edge (do not cut through the final layer of board, this becomes your hinge). I also made identical cuts about a half inch on either side of the hinge to create volume so all the felt layers would fit inside once folded. Then I glued a full 9 X 12 inch sheet of felt on either side of the fold with craft glue. After the glue is dry it is time to gather an audience or in my case, gift wrap it!
Do you have a favorite Gingerbread Man story? Please share!