Digital Gingerbread House Art Project
Do you need a creative and engaging Christmas activity that will work for both your virtual and in-person students? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your kids will feel successful in designing their own digital gingerbread house. It’s as simple as copy and paste! Additionally, it pairs well with the book, “The Gingerbread Man” fairy tale.
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Overview of Build a Gingerbread House Craft
First, your students will pick a wintery background to place all their gingerbread house parts onto. Then, they will select a house to design. There are 9 options to choose from. Next, kids will pick windows and a door and resize them as needed. Then, they will add in snow, a chimney, trees, wreaths, and other decorative elements made from icing. Lastly, your kids will add all the candy treats on and in front of the gingerbread house.
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have kids take a picture of where their gingerbread house is located and have them insert it into the background instead. Use it as an opportunity to teach kids about composition and lighting. This art project is also a great exercise in teaching about space and overlapping as well as order of operations (first, second, third, and so on).
These digital gingerbread house templates include 200 moveable graphics for your students to decorate their own house. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach kids how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward.
A Note About Christmas Activities
While some kids celebrate Christmas, others don’t. This resource was intentionally designed to work for all students. Depending on your current circumstances, you may opt to do one of the following to best meet all your kids needs:
1) Send the document as is. Some parents don’t mind their child having to sift through the graphics that also include holiday options to get to the winter-themed items.
2) Copy the entire slide deck, rename it something generic, and remove any graphics that your student’s parents might find off-putting
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the art project included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital gingerbread house templates located on page 2 and 3 of the PDF.)
- 11 Student Directions Slides – These slides explain how to use some of the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 7 Student Useable Background Slides – These include images of falling snow. This is where kids will place their house parts onto. Any background slide a child is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 200 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background slides mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their gingerbread house. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 2 Writing Prompts – These prompts are designed to work for children in third through fifth grades.
- 4 Teacher Examples – The last four slides of the deck can be used to demonstrate on and show children a completed version of the project. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions for Digital Gingerbread House Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with students. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in Slides, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have children use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital gingerbread house templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file in Slides. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own background to the scene? Yes! This is such a great way to incorporate photography into your lessons. Have students take a picture and upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it into the slide.
- How do I get the digital gingerbread house templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Very easy! Check the bottom of page 2 and the middle of page 3.
I used this as extension work/digital skills development over winter break. I left it in the google classroom for anyone who wanted to work on it over break – to keep them from being bored. The kids LOVE these. They promote practicing the CTL +V, CTL + C, and resizing skills. Great resource, very professional as well as fun! Hope C.
This was the most fun activity for my students to complete on the last half day of school before Winter Break! Our district went full Red the week before break, so I really wanted something fun and creative for the kids to do from home on the last day since we would not get to do our usual holiday craft.. This was amazing and my kiddos absolutely loved it! – Hunter C.
We have been fully online since the beginning of this year, so I am constantly looking for ways to keep my students engaged, especially during the holidays. I used this resource the day before we went on Winter break as a fun alternative to “real” Gingerbread houses I had completed with my students in the past. They really enjoyed it and it helped us all get in the holiday spirit! – Courtney S.