I love doing directed drawings in kindergarten because they are an easy way to raise student engagement and practice listening and following directions. This gingerbread directed drawing activity is perfect for any elementary gingerbread week!
Virtual distance learning? Directed drawings are perfect for that because there is no prep on your end!
For distance learning, I recorded myself walking students through the directions of the directed drawing. I made this an optional assignment, but it was easily my most submitted one every single week!
You could also do this gingerbread man art project together during a class meeting. Just tell students to bring paper and a drawing tool with them.
This gingerbread directed drawing would be an easy art activity to accompany your gingerbread writing. It would also make a cute December bulletin board!
Gingerbread Art Project Prep:
For this gingerbread man directed drawing activity, you really only need paper and drawing materials. If you are brave, you can let students use watercolor paints at the end.
To begin, I give each student a sheet of paper and make sure they have it turned the tall way. If we are in person, I draw a rectangle on the front board as my “paper.”
As you are walking students through the steps, you will want to make sure every student is paying attention to each step.
An easy way to do this is to show students a step, have them complete it, and then play “Do what I do” until everyone is looking at you again. For example, “When you are finished drawing his arms, do what i’m doing [teacher puts crayon on their nose]. I see Tim doing it. I see Sarah doing it.”
Be as silly as you can! They will love it!
Personalize the Gingerbread Directed Drawing:
After you finish the main part of the gingerbread directed drawing, you can let students personalize their gingerbread man or girl!
Students can add details like buttons, bows or bow ties, or even design a setting for their gingerbread man.
This gingerbread art activity is so easy but so cute! Each one can turn out so unique.
Gingerbread Activities for Kindergarten & 1st Grade
This directed drawing is just one part of our HUGE gingerbread unit! For 2-3 weeks, we learn all about the history of gingerbread, compare gingerbread versions, do gingerbread STEM and math activities, and make tons of gingerbread crafts! You can read more about it here.
P.S. The Gingerbread Unit is getting a DIGITAL update for distance learning! That will be added this week.
Do you do a gingerbread week in December? I would love to hear about what you do! Tell me down below.
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