Gingerbread Advent - Using Augmented Reality to bring Advent to life

An AR Advent Resource

Using the iconic gingerbread house, we have created six Augmented Reality games. Each game is linked to an activity which relates to a symbol of the nativity story which is listed below. Once you have completed each game you will be given part of the animation story to watch.

Game 1 – play the first eight notes of Hark The Herald Angels Sing. This unlocks a short animated video about Angel Gabriel.

Game 2 – locate six gifts that are randomly placed around the gingerbread house in a set time. This unlocks a short animated video about Mary.

Game 3 – find 9 pieces of wood to build a manger within a set time. This unlocks a short animated video about Joseph.

Game 4 – feed each sheep a bale of hay within a set time using an on screen joy stick controller. This unlocks a short animated video about the shepherds.

Game 5 – follow the star and when you located it tap on it. How many times can you find it within a set time? This unlocks a short animated video about the wise men.

Bonus Activity – watch the short animated video about Jesus with the spoken word taken from Isaiah 9: 6 – 7. This unlocks a bonus activity where you get to throw snowballs at a gingerbread person in a set time.

Once you have explored all of the above games and videos, you can go back and watch the full animation by clicking on the button in the main menu.

To access the image that activates the Augmented Reality content on the app, please click here. Download on to a tablet or print. You then need to scan the image using a compatible device that uses Augmented Reality.

'Build It Yourself' Gingerbread House

Accompanying this Augmented Reality resource is a ‘build it yourself’ gingerbread house. People of all ages can colour in, cut out and assemble the pieces to build their own gingerbread scene and house.

Each card makes up either the side, roof or front and back of the house. There are also trees, candy canes and marshmallows to colour in. Follow the instructions on each of the cards to know where to cut, where to glue and how to assemble your house.

This will be a great gift and activity for members of your home as well as an opportunity to interactively reveal and reflect on the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago. Why not consider who else might enjoy this resource and pass on a pack to bring Christmas to life!

How to use the resource

This resource is great to use as a family activity at home. It can be adapted to use in both online and offline groups, in schools, churches and as a community outreach activity.

It offers a fun way (using games and video animation) to bring to life the wonderful moments of the nativity and helps children and adults alike explore the key people in the miracles of the birth of Jesus.

Steps to help you use the Gingerbread Advent AR Resource

  • Download our app by searching Gingerbread Advent AR
    Open up the Gingerbread Advent AR app
  • It will ask you to allow the app to use your camera – click to allow.
  • Select cookie one on the world that appears on the screen and follow the on screen instructions for the game.
  • Once the game is finished, the video animation will play. You will return to the main menu that will allow you to select cookie two.
  • You must complete each game and video animation in order to reach the bonus activity.

If the tracking is lost, put the phone on the table and wait for the text ‘ tracking image lost’ and then place the phone back over the image and wait up to 5 seconds.