Free Printable Gingerbread Man Scavenger Hunt that your kids will love!
"You will never believe what happened while you were at school."
Both boys' eyes opened wide. "What?!" they gasped in unison. I had just strapped them into the car after preschool and I knew I had their attention.
"I made you some gingerbread cookies this morning. And then when I tried to take them out of the oven... they were GONE! And they left a note!"
So began one of the most fun activities we have done in a very long time and a really easy way to spread some Christmas magic - a gingerbread man scavenger hunt!
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The idea for our gingerbread cookie scavenger hunt came from a book (of course). We've always loved The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth, which is this week's featured book in the Virtual Book Club for Kids. But when our November Bookroo subscription box arrived, we discovered a new gingerbread themed book that sparked this super fun idea.
Catch That Cookie tells the story of a skeptical boy named Marshall, who doesn't believe gingerbread men can run. When they go missing from the oven at school, he and his classmates follow the clues to find them - and Marshall becomes a believer after all! My boys loved this book and I thought it would be really fun to have our own magical gingerbread hunt.
Free Printable Gingerbread Cookie Scavenger Hunt
I created 8 clues for our gingerbread cookie scavenger hunt, and put them together with instructions as a free printable for you to create your own cookie hunt at home! There are also 4 blank cards in case you would like to change or add your own stops. Click the button below to download the entire set.
How the Scavenger Hunt Works
All you need for a gingerbread scavenger hunt is your printed cards and instructions - and gingerbread cookies of course! I recommend printing the cards on card stock or heavy paper. Cut out your cards and place them in the various locations on the instructions sheet - or use the blank cards to create your own. Leave a plate of gingerbread cookies with the last clue!
Then, as I did on the way home from school, tell your kids that their gingerbread cookies have escaped from the oven, but they left notes to help you find them!
As soon as we got home from school, my boys raced to the kitchen and were thrilled to find the first note! We followed each clue around the house and I can't remember when they were so excited. We finally found our gingerbread men in the dining room - ready to eat!
We had so much fun with this activity - I know it will become a favorite Christmas tradition. I loved seeing the excitement in their eyes and the joy of a little Christmas magic.
Need help planning all your Christmas activities, baking, and family traditions? Check out my printable Christmas Planner and get organized today!
More Gingerbread Activities
Of course now my boys can't stop talking about gingerbread men! Fortunately we have all of these awesome gingerbread themed activities from the other co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids to keep us entertained. Check them out below, and also join our Facebook group for themed activities all year long!
Gingerbread Name Activity - Books and Giggles
Counting with Gingerbread Men - Powerful Mothering
Build a Gingerbread Boy Number Game - Toddler Approved
Gingerbread Man Number Line Game - Adventures of Adam
Gingerbread Man Story - Printable Finger Puppets
Yummy ABC Gingerbread Man Cookies- Growing Book by Book
Decorate a Gingerbread Man - Mama Smiles
Gingerbread Color Patterns from My Storytime Corner
Gingerbread Man Puppet Craft - Artsy Momma
Gingerbread Man Lacing And Craft - To be a Kid Again
Roll a Gingerbread Man- Teach Beside Me
How to Sew a Gingerbread Ornament With Your Child - The Educators' Spin On It