Gingerbread Paper Bag Puppet Art Project

Getting started: I like to begin this project by reading to my students the book: The Gingerbread Man by, Catherine Mccafferty.

Art techniques: Drawing
Grades: Kg-2
Ages: 4-7

About this project: To familiarize the instructor with puppet making, you might want to look through the book: Puppets and Masks by Nan Rump. Students will be delighted with the results of these cute gingerbread paper bag puppets. This can be a fun Christmas art project. Have fun!

Materials needed:

  • White drawing paper (25cm x 35cm)
  • a selection of colored construction paper
  • scissors
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Oil pastels
  • Brown lunch bags
  • White plastic glue

Part 1
  1. Show how to draw a gingerbread man's face on white or colored paper.
  2. Show how to draw the eyes, mouth and overalls.
  3. Cut out the various parts.
  4. Demonstrate blending oil pastels, and repeat colors throughout the composition.
  5. Add buttons and trim. Decorate with all kinds of fabric remnants.
Part 2
  1. Put hand in brown paper bag so that can open and close the bottom.
  2. Glue head on to the bottom of bag. Glue the overalls under the head.
  3. Add all the other gingerbread body parts.
  4. With especially fast workers, I have them color in the back of the gingerbread man while other art students finish up.
Save this in a notebook of quick art lesson plans for kids. That's what I do! I hope your class enjoys their new gingerbread paperbag puppets.

Art Therapy Ideas: Most elementary art projects are a great way to start an art therapy session. The gingerbread paperbag puppets can be made in boy or girl form, and be a mom or dad as well. Have your young client give the gingerbread person a name. Help them decide where they live, where they'd like to go, and help create a story. You can have your young client speak in first person, and be the gingerbread puppet. Who's the gingerbread person's best friend? It would be helpful if the therapist had another puppet and used it to create a dialogue. When you have the art piece speak, it's a gestalt art experience. To get more information on this topic, you can to refer to the book by Janie Rhyne called The Gestalt Art Experience: Patterns That Connect.