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George the Gingerbread Man heard the family leave the house as he lay in his little doll house bed.

He decided to explore, excited for a new adventure.


He slipped under the gap beneath a door to venture into a part of the house he had never seen – the craft room.

Ah, the wonders that he found. Brightly coloured paint pots, shiny objects, string and glue.

Shelves full of boxes and colourful paper and ribbons.

Tiny containers full of bright beads.

On a table lay an assortment of beautiful paintings George guessed had been made by the children in the family.

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A plastic plate was covered in little pools of colourful paints and brushes sat in a pot of water.


George decided today he would be an artist.

He looked at those beautiful paintings and was suddenly worried that he would not be able to create anything as wonderful – or anything at all.

The biggest problem was his lack of fingers. How was he to hold onto a paintbrush when he didn’t have proper hands?

He tried and tried to grab a tall brush but he just could not do it.

George could feel himself getting angry and frustrated and the happy mood he felt when he awoke was gone.

He wanted to stomp his feet. And he would have if he had proper ones.

He wanted to yell at someone. But there was nobody there.

The little gingerbread man wanted to cry, but his little button eyes had no tears.

He kicked at the colourful blobs of paint with his legs, but all that did was make them dirty.

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George decided to give up on his dream of being an artist.

He started to walk away when he noticed the paint on the bottom of his legs was now on a piece of paper he had stepped on.


This gave him an idea.

George dipped his legs in the paint again and then walked all over the paper.

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Everywhere he had walked he had left a trail of paint.

Then he dipped his legs in the paint and tiptoed across the paper.

This left little lines of colour on the paper.

He dipped his toeless feet in another colour and jumped up and down on the paper.

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This made bigger splashes of colour on the paper.

George put both legs in another colour of paint and slid across the paper.

This left lovely swirly lines on the paper.

He was beginning to see the start of a beautiful painting. And he was painting it.

The paint felt cool and slippery on his legs.

George covered his legs in more colours and danced across the paper.

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This left swooshes of colours all over the paper.

He stuck his head in the paint and did headstands on the paper.

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Next, he lay down in the paint and wriggled around, being sure to cover his whole back in the paint.

Then he lay down on the paper.

When he got up he saw his shape in rainbow hues.

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He lay down on the paper again to make another rainbow coloured George shape.

This was turning into such a fun adventure and his painting was so colourful and beautiful.

George realised he was truly happy.

And he was an artist. A wonderful artist.

He covered his legs in more paint and slid around the paper in the shape of his name. This was better than ice skating. It was paint skating!



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When he was finally happy with his masterpiece, George left the craft room and went back to his little bed to rest.

He thought about his adventure.

George remembered waking up happy and full of excitement.

Then he thought about how frustrated and angry he became when he couldn’t lift that brush.

It made him feel powerless and trapped.

George realised anger filled him up so that he couldn’t think properly.

He felt a little bit silly now because he had wasted all that energy on unhappiness when the answer to his problem lay right at his feet – at least where his feet would be if he had any.

George thought how sad it would be if he had left the craft room without finding a way to make his dream come true.

He was grateful the magic that helped to make him also helped him find a solution.

George was happy and proud that he had created something beautiful and had shared a bit of his magic by painting a picture.

I hope you enjoyed the Adventures of George the Gingerbread Man and his goal to become an artist. If you did, you may also like Finding a Friend – the Adventures of George the Gingerbread Man and Santa’s Surprise – the Adventures of George the Gingerbread Man.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, plenty of opportunities to honour the artist within, and a gleeful week, Tamuria.










  1. I love George’s art work Tamuria and I love the story of how he found a solution right at his feet. It goes to show that if we are willing to think outside the box, every problem has a unique solution.

    Merry Christmas to you and the entire family.

  2. Sabrina Quairoli

    I love the story about George. And, the images are great too. I especially like the image of him walking on the paper. What a fun story for the kids this holiday season! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Looks like George is having a pretty good time and a fun expression of finding your creativity.
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  4. This is a magical story. My mom, may her soul rest in peace, was an artist. This reminds me of when our cat ran into her palette and then ran all over the house leaving his ‘artistic stamp’ all over the floors and walls (yes, he could jump off the walls!).
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  5. Meghan Monaghan

    Although half of the time I’m tempted to eat George, I really love his escapades! He’s quite talented as a painter. He should consider having his art shown in a gallery. As usual, he taught us a few valuable lessons.

  6. Tami! I just love this! Talk about a metaphor for the creative dream. We want to give up as the obstacles seem to great, and then lo and behold–a portal opens.
    Go, George! What fun this has been. Thank You!
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  7. George certainly has had quite a wide array of adventures pre holiday season, Tami, and sounds like he has learned a few lessons along the way too! I love the message of this story, as I truly believe that creating art is one of the most uplifting ways to learn about ourselves and to create something to give to the world! George certainly learned that we all our artists, we just have to find our way to believe it! Happy Holidays to you and yours.
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    • Thank you, Beverley. Finding a way to tap into one’s creativity really is uplifting and also such a great learning tool. I agree, we are all artists.

  8. Another fun adventure for George the Gingerman! Thanks Tamuria for sharing this wonderful story!!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family 🙂
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  9. George proved that if there is a will, there is a way. It may not have been the most beautiful picture, but was beautiful, as it came from a place of desire. Love George!
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  10. What a delightful blog. Looking forward to sharing with my granddaughter!
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  11. You are such a goofball and I am sure your grandchildren have enjoyed this venture with you. You are so creative and what a cute story… moral… be creative and have fun! (Oh, and mess yourself up so much nobody wants to eat you)
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    • Hahaha – mess yourself up so no one wants to eat you. Love that. It was so much fun creating and sharing George’s adventures Kristen. Glad you enjoyed them.😀

  12. May Geroge have a long life filled with many adventures.
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  13. Lorii Abela

    Love the creative adventure of George here. I can relate. There are some times that I can feel frustrated about things I would like to do but to no avail. Nevertheless, that is true, the answer can be just right under your nose. Getting not too tied up with the how can sometimes create great results.

  14. A cool story as always about the gingerbread man. 🙂
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