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Winter Reading Fun: Gingerbread People Stick Puppets!

Winter reading is here! You can sign up online at the Library website and read anything you like. Our slogan is Warm Up with a Good Book, and we will be featuring classic children’s books, old and new.

We’re starting with one of our absolute favorites: The Gingerbread Boy. Some versions call it the Gingerbread Man, and there are so many variants, including a Gingerbread Baby! We’ve listed a few of our favorite titles below the craft.

Gingerbread People Stick Puppets
Gingerbread is a  favorite for baking, decorating, and making up stories. Whether you decide to make a gingerbread house with graham crackers and frosting or bake your own gingerbread cookies, extend the fun with some favorite gingerbread stories and then make these paper and straw stick puppets!

What you need:

  • Gingerbread cutout
  • Straw or cardboard strip
  • Scrap paper
  • Glue stick Markers or crayons

What you do:

  1. Trace and cut out a gingerbread person. TIP: Use a gingerbread person cookie cutter, if you have one, or use the template below.
  2. Decorate your gingerbread person by gluing bits of scrap paper that you tear or cut into little strips and shapes.
  3. Cut two white circles for eyes and use markers or crayons to add details then glue them in place.
  4. Add additional details with markers or crayons, then tape the straw or cardboard strip to the back.

Check out some of our favorite gingerbread stories – you can place a hold online and pick them up at the Circulation Desk when you get the notice!

  • The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski
  • The Gingerbread Man by Eric Kimmel
  • The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
  • The Gingerbread Man by Béatrice Rodriguez (includes a recipe)
  • Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  • The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
  • The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray



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