People and Animal Pattern: Use cookie cutters, cut figures out of coloring books, etc. Trace pattern onto a sturdy piece of cardboard or poster board and voila, you have patterns!
Place your pattern on Gingerbread dough with a sharp pointy paring knife, bake, cool, decorate. To stand the figure around the gingerbread house, place it in a blob of thick frosting and voila, its standing!
Have fun and be creative!