What’s better than craft time after lunch? Craft time you can eat!
I’m talking gingerbread houses, made out of graham crackers, because let’s face it: it’s faster than baking, and I already had them in the cabinet. I also already had a packet of gingerbread house icing leftover from a kit we got last year, but if you don’t have icing on hand, you can find a royal icing recipe online.
Before calling the kids together I assembled the houses.
I originally was going to put slanted roofs on them, but then I started thinking about the delicate touch of my 2 1/2 year old son…. And I decided a flat roof would hold up much better for him. I did the same for “big sis” to avoid fighting.
To build these all you need are 6 graham cracker squares. I piped the icing onto the edges of the crackers using a zip-lock bag with the corner cut off. (I used my finger to squish it when necessary so it would hold…)And for candy? We got an overload at Halloween; time to use some of it up! I dug through our collection to find pieces I thought might work.The preschooler and I made houses last year, so she got right to work. The toddler? He was pretty sure the candy was supposed to go in his mouth… Mommy gave him a few extra graham crackers to preserve his house, and eventually we put a few sugary decorations on it, in between bites…Once the houses were finished, I thought, “Hey, how about using the last two ice cream cones I have left from making Peanut’s castle birthday cake to make a few little Christmas tree?” So I dug those out of the pantry and got out one more roll of Smarties.
The kids and I had lots of fun making their sugary Christmas decorations. They’re planing to leave them for Santa this year – unless the toddler eats them first!
Have you made gingerbread houses from graham crackers? Any tips to share?
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