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The holidays bring back such fond memories of when I was a kindergarten teacher. One of my favorite units was about The Gingerbread man. Now I have my own little munchkin, I am excited to share this tradition with her which is why I create a gingerbread man coloring page. Actually, I created an entire Christmas coloring book full of gingerbread men and gingerbread girls.

free printable gingerbread man coloring page

7 Benefits of Coloring Books for Kids

Improves Handwriting
The more practice kids have holding writing tools, the stronger their fingers get. You don’t want to force kids to write all the time, so why not practice with some coloring pages.

Practice with writing tools
Coloring books expose kids to different kinds of writing tools. They will work on strengthing their tiny finger muscles while learning the proper way to grip their preferred writing tool.

Increases hand-eye coordination
When kids color, they are often looking at small areas of their picture and making a decision on which color to use. This is helping to promote better hand-eye coordination as they color in a specific area of their image.

Practice Patience
Teaching kids to color in the lines is teaching them the art of patience. Most kids to want to hurry through their coloring to get to other activities. Coloring books can really help them to slow down.

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set of three gingerbread coloring pages

Focus
When kids color, they start to develop essential skills like focusing on the tiny details. They begin to notice the small things. Focus is something that can be taught, and coloring books are a great way to do that.

Color Recognition
One of your child’s early exposure to colors is usually through coloring books. They begin to understand that color can bring pictures to life. Coloring books also allow them to experiment with colors. Try not to dictate too much which colors they use. Just sit back and enjoy the pink grass and purple sky. Their imagination is the only limit when exploring colors.

Creativity
Coloring books allow your kiddo’s creativity to shine. The colors they choose to use gives you a little peek inside their personalities.

Bonding Time
Coloring can be an effortless way to bond with your kiddos. My favorite coloring book for bonding time is the mommy and me coloring books. These books are usually filled with coloring pages designed for mom and then a near-identical image intended for a child. They are a great way to model patience, focus, and creativity.

gingerbread man with scarf coloring page

Gingerbread Man Coloring Page Suggested Use

  1. Coloring the pictures then count. You can count the snowflakes or stripes on the gingerbread man’s scarf.
  2. Practice coloring inside the lines and adding a variety of colors.
  3. Compare the gingerbread men to each other.  Talk about how they are alike and different.
  4. Read books about The Gingerbread Man.
  5. Talk about their favorite thing about winter.
  6. Compare colors

Download your free gingerbread man coloring book here.

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