I found this great painting lesson at Art Projects for Kids (her blog is no longer active). Our paintings aren't quite as amazing as Kathy's, but they're still pretty darn cute.
My kids found it very challenging to free-hand draw a gingerbread shape, so quite a few of them opted to put this shape under their paper and trace.
Next we coloured the decorations with crayon. We were trying to add shadows to the right of the cookies. Oops, this little person has some head shadowing on the left, too ~ ha ha.
Then they painted them with tempera paints. I really had to thin out the brown though, and it's still a little dark. Or maybe not everyone pressed hard enough with their crayons. Not really sure. But the kids LOVE them and so do I :)
Don't you just love gingerbread men? I'm almost tempted to bake some this weekend. They're my 31-year-old's FAVOURITE holiday treat :) Always a kid at heart!