Kids love to get involved in the kitchen and definitely like to help decorate for Christmas. I was planning on making a real gingerbread house, but ran out of time. This project turned out to be real hit with my kids: ages 5, 3 & 1. Each kid had made their own house. The two older kids could do most of the work with little assistance from me and we tried two different construction techniques. For my 1-year-old, I made the structure and she helped decorate the house and ate a few M&Ms along the way. The best part is that I had all of the ingredients in my pantry. Think about what you have and get creative!
Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Ingredients
royal icing (combine 1 egg white, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 1/2 box confectioner’s sugar until the consistency of peanut butter)
zip lock bags to pipe the icing
1 box graham crackers
mini pretzel sticks
Cut the graham crackers to the size and shape house that you want to construct. My 5-year-old was patient enough to be able pipe icing along the edges of the graham crackers to hold the walls to the floor and then the roof to the walls.
To construct my 3 year old’s house, we used a small milk carton and cut the top off. This way she could easily spread some icing on the carton to make the graham cracker walls to stick. To fill in the gaps at the corners, we applied mini pretzel sticks.
The kids had a lot of fun decorating the houses with cereal, candy and pretzels.
Even my 1-year-old enjoyed squeezing a bag of icing and placing mini M&Ms on the roof. She got a kick out of Santa and Mrs. Clause standing at the door. I flipped through the holiday ads that came in my Sunday newspaper to find the perfect size Santa, Snowman and Gingerbread Man. I glued the image to a piece of the cardboard milk carton and the kids were easily able to use icing to adhere the image to the doorway of their houses.
The houses were the perfect size to sit on my kitchen window sill. A perfect place to display them and decorate our kitchen!
We even constructed a chimney and placed some pieces of marshmallow for smoke. I helped by piping some icing along the roof of the house to make icicles.
Hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed with your kids!