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Printable Gingerbread House Loose Parts Mats

Looking for a quick and easy Christmas themed play idea? Look no further, just print and add some loose parts or playdough....

printable gingerbread house christmas themed play mats for kids. Playdough mat with loose parts.
A gingerbread house decorated with playdough and loose parts.

Welcome to our Christmas themed blog post for this week! This is a very exciting time of the year for kids, with lots of fun options for play and learning ideas that are Christmas themed.

We enjoy simple play ideas that can be repeated many times over at this time of year. Things can get very busy at this time of the year, so simple works well for us. These gingerbread house loose parts play mats are both simple to set up and can be used over and over again for play and learning.

*Important - Please note this play idea is recommended for children ages 3+ as it contains small parts, which can be a choking hazard. All play was supervised by an adult.

There are 5 different designs of gingerbread house to use for play, as shown below. There is a very plain outline of a gingerbread house, which is the most open ended and allows for the most creative thinking about how to use it. The other options have some patterns or windows etc. that can be used for decorating.

Christmas gingerbread house printable loose parts play mats for kids with playdough and Christmas playdough stampers.
There are 5 different gingerbread house designs.

Some of the possibilities for learning in a playful way:

  • Symmetry - Can you decorate the house so that it looks the same on both sides?

  • Colours - Can you match the colours? What colours did you use?

  • Matching - shapes on the houses with loose parts.

  • Making patterns with the loose parts.

  • Thinking creatively about how to use the loose parts or other materials

  • Working on developing hand strength and fine motor skills when using the playdough.

  • Developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills when picking up and manipulating the small loose parts.

  • Plus many more possibilities ...

How to use these printable play mats

Set up as an invitation to play

Have your child choose one of the gingerbread house mats or set one or more up yourself with some loose parts and or playdough to invite your child to play.

Here we used:

  • White playdough to look like snow.

  • Little Christmas erasers from Kmart

  • Let Them Play Christmas stampers

  • Buttons

  • Mini acrylic cubes and gems from Pickwick and Sprout.

  • Kinfolk Pantry Christmas cutters

Free printable Christmas themed playdough mats for kids. Gingerbread house play mat with loose parts invitation to play.

Decorate the gingerbread house with loose parts

Here Miss 3 used some Bauspiel lucite cubes and some gemstones to decorate the windows. She chose a heart shaped bead (from a jar of wooden beads from Kmart) to use for the little door handle, as the printable mat had a heart on it.

Printable loose parts play mats Christmas themed for kids. Printable Gingerbread house page with Bauspiel lucite cubes and loose parts.

Use with Grapat Mandala pieces to decorate

A selection of red and green Grapat mandala pieces and some acrylic gemstones, is a fun way to decorate the gingerbread house too.

This would be a great pattern making activity or colour matching. Any coloured mandala pieces could be used to make pretty colourful gingerbread houses. We used red and green for Christmas colours.

Printable Christmas themed loose parts play mats for kids. Printable Gingerbread house to decorate with Grapat mandala pieces.

Use with chalk markers or whiteboard markers

Choose a gingerbread house mat and either use with a reusable pouch or laminate it. Let you child decorate the house with chalk pens or draw with a whiteboard marker. Erase when finished to use again and again.

Printable gingerbread house play mat for kids with chalk markers to decorate it.
Decorating with chalk markers is lots of fun!

Set up with prompts to promote specific learning

Add in a prompt to promote learning for example:

  • Can you decorate the gingerbread house using only red and green loose parts?

  • Can you make a pattern on the gingerbread house?

  • Can you make the gingerbread house look ready for Christmas?

  • Can you use symmetry to decorate the gingerbread house?

  • What loose parts can you use to decorate the gingerbread house?

  • Can you make up a story about who lives in your gingerbread house?

This could be displayed on a little blackboard with the gingerbread house loose parts mats to prompt learning in a playful way.

Printable gingerbread house play mats for kids to use with playdough and loose parts for Christmas play.
There are different designs that can be printed for play.


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Christmas themed play idea for kids. Printable gingerbread house set up as an invitation to play with loose parts and playdough.
An invitation to play and decorate the gingerbread house.

I hope you enjoy using these printable gingerbread houses

at home with your child/ren or with your students.

Until next time, have fun learning in a playful way!

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