Decorating gingerbread cookies is wonderful yet messy holiday activity. Here are two great sites where your students can decorate their own personal cookie- with zero mess!
The Gingerbread Man with Everything is a free site from Sprint with tons of candy choices- all that can be rotated and moved. There are also lots of icing choices- including color and size. Completed cookies can saved, sent, and shared. Be sure to check out the gallery full of already created cookies that are fun to view and try to copy.
My favorite is the Rapper. Too funny!
Here is another fun gingerbread decorating site
These sites would not only be a fun one to share with your students- whole class on a Smart Board and individually- but would also be a fun way for them to practice mouse skills at the same time!
As wonderful as it would be to create gingerbread houses with all of your students each year, it's sadly both cost and time (not to mention mess) prohibitive.
Here are a few sites to do so virtually:
This fabulous site from Highlights website- Design Your Own Gingerbread House will allow each of your students to create their very own individual gingerbread house!
On this site students can choose from many different food, candy, icing and other items to decorate their house any way that they choose. All items can be rotated, re-sized, and flipped which makes each house unique. This is such a fun and creative site and would be fabulous as both a whole class activity and as an individual student activity.
The completed houses can even be printed so students can take them home once they are completed. These houses won't be quite as sweet as real ones, but they are a great classroom alternative!
This site by Jan Brett is beautiful and fun!
And my favorite, Home Sweet Home's Gingerbread House
All three of these gingerbread house sites would be great for story starters or just for fun!
The Gingerbread Man:
Here is a great simple version for little ones at Starfall
Here is a great interactive story
and here is a sequencing activity once the story has been read.
Here is a version of the story from TopMarks
Here are some printable masks so your students can act out the story themselves.
Sparklebox has some FABULOUS Gingerbread printables like:
story aids, masks, sequencing sheets, gingerbread men
with numbers on them and many more!