Festive fun begins with printable gingerbread house coloring pages
Gather around, young artists and builders! It’s time to combine the joy of coloring with the sweet allure of one of the holiday season’s most treasured traditions: the gingerbread house.
Enrichment ideas to use with coloring pages of gingerbread houses
- Story time: While coloring, weave a tale about who might live in the gingerbread house, making your child the main character of this sweet adventure.
- Bake and match: After coloring, bake real gingerbread cookies together and compare them to the artwork.
- Decorate for real: Use the coloring page as a blueprint and decorate a real gingerbread house with the same colors and patterns.
Steps to a merry session with Christmas gingerbread house coloring pages:
- Gather materials: Make sure you have plenty of crayons, markers, or colored pencils.
- Print a variety: Offer different gingerbread house printables to spark interest.
- Set the scene: Play holiday music in the background to set a festive mood.
What is the history of gingerbread houses?
The tradition of making gingerbread houses started in Germany during the 16th century. It’s said that the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, who stumbled upon a house made entirely of treats deep in the forest, helped popularize these sweet constructions.
Today, creating gingerbread houses during the holiday season is a cherished activity that sparks creativity and brings families together. Coloring gingerbread houses can be a fun bonus activity, allowing children to dream up their own candy-covered creations on paper.
In the story of Hansel & Gretel, the children find a beautiful gingerbread house in the forest!
About the middle of the day they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting on a bough, which sang so sweetly that they stood still and listened to it. It soon left off and, spreading its wings, flew away. They followed it until it arrived at a cottage, upon the roof of which it perched; and when they went close up to it they saw that the cottage was made of bread and cakes, and the window-panes were of clear sugar.
“We will go in there,” said Hansel, “and have a glorious feast. I will eat a piece of the roof, and you can eat the window. Will they not be sweet?”
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