Combining a love for winter sports and decorating gingerbread houses, this fun STEAM activity will have your preschooler wondering how exactly their new gingerbread friend is moving about their ice skating rink! Your child will love creating this fun gingerbread skating rink.
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What is STEAM?
STEAM is an acronym used to describe combined elements of learning to further creativity and the core subject areas. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. These activities activate both sides of the brain, allowing kids to retain information better and better understand more complex concepts. This STEAM activity combines arts and crafts along with the science of magnets.
Let’s Get Skating with a Gingerbread Man!
Winter days can be long and boring, but you can surely entertain your little one with a skating gingerbread man! Check out how to make one and how you can introduce simple science and art concepts through this activity.
Materials for the Gingerbread Man Ice Skating Craft
- cardboard box
- colored papers
- paint marker
- hot glue gun
- craft stick
- 2 magnets
Directions for making the Gingerbread Man Ice Skating Craft
Step 1 Cover the cardboard box with white paper. You can also use cereal boxes for this one. Then, cut out an oval shape from a blue colored paper. Glue it in the middle of the box. This will serve as the gingerbread man's skating rink!
Step 2 Next, let's make a gingerbread man! Using a pencil, draw an outline of a gingerbread man on a piece of cardboard. Then, cut it out and color its arms and legs with a white paint marker. Add three buttons on its chest, and use a black marker to draw a happy face!
Step 3 Let's make a brace to keep the gingerbread man standing (and later, skating!). To do this, cut a small piece of cardboard in a rectangular shape. It should be just big enough to support the gingerbread man, so it depends on how big or small your gingerbread man is! Then, bend it at a 90-degree angle and glue one side to the back of the gingerbread man.
Step 4 Using a hot glue gun, attach one of the magnets on the other side of the brace, facing the bottom part. Then, get a craft stick and attach the second magnet to it. Place the gingerbread man on the skating rink, then place the end of the craft stick with a magnet inside the box. Align it atop the gingerbread man and watch it move along with the stick!
Step 4 It's now time to create a gingerbread house! Use a pencil to draw an outline of the house. Then, cut it out and add a door and windows using colored paper. Decorate the gingerbread house by using stickers or colored paint markers, whichever is available.
Step 5 Once the gingerbread house is complete, cut 2 small strips of cardboard and bend them at a 90-degree angle. Glue one side of those strips to the back of the gingerbread house and then glue down the gingerbread house to the ice skating rink using the other side of the cardboard braces. The gingerbread house should be placed at the back of the ice skating rink. Now your child can skate the gingerbread man around their newly created ice skating rink as they explore the workings of magnetism!
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The Science Behind the Gingerbread Man Ice Skating Craft
How is the gingerbread man able to move around and skate? It was possible because of the magnets we used. As you move around the craft stick, the magnet on it attracts the other magnet attached to the gingerbread man! This is the result of the physical phenomenon called magnetism, which is produced by the motion of electric charge, resulting in attractive and repulsive forces between objects. The magnetic force can pass through thin sheets of non-magnetic objects such as paper (which is what we used in this activity), as well as glass or wood. However, if the magnet is too weak and the material is too thick, the magnetic force may not be able to pass through.
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