Get your students excited about engineering and scaled modeling by constructing real-world buildings out of icing and gingerbread! 


Created with upper elementary, middle, and high school students in mind. Consider splitting the competition into age categories if a wide range of ages are present. 

Anticipated Supply Cost: 

The lessons and curricula linked are FREE to use. Materials to implement the curriculum are the responsibility of the user. You can expect to spend approximately $15-$25 per student on materials. This is an estimated cost, and you can expect materials to vary depending on quantity, manufacturer, and market. These activities use several items that you may already have on hand, like paper, tape, and scissors, which could reduce the cost of this experience.

Facilitator Materials:

Scale Gingerbread Contest Handouts.pdf

Competition Handout

Students plan, build and improve upon the design of their scale-model gingerbread houses. 

Gingerbread Family Night Activity Handouts.pdf

Family Night Version of Event

Families work together through the engineering design process to build a simple gingerbread house. 

Gingerbread Judges Score Sheet

Judges Scoring Sheet

Recruit volunteers to judge your students gingerbread houses based on the following criteria.

Gingerbread Name Plate.pdf

Gingerbread Name Plate

Print this name plate to display in front of each gingerbread house during the judging. 

Educator Resources

Educator Resources 

Links to activities to enhance your Gingerbread building and Scale Model lessons before or after the competition.