Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses


I invited my wonderful friend and her family over from, "Living and Learning at Home" for a Christmas dinner.  It's always interesting visiting with friends when there are three children under the age of four!  SO, I planned a fun activity for the children to engage in for hopes that while they were busy we could great a small conversation in!

The activity was decorating a small gingerbread house.  Each child had their own house that they could decorate just the way they liked!  I assembled the houses the day before our visit so all the children had to do was the fun part, decorate and taste!

Here is how to make a small graham cracker gingerbread house!

You Will Need...
  1. Box of Graham Crackers
  2. Recipe for "Royal Icing
  3. Ziplock Bag
  4. Different Shapes, Colors, & Sizes of Candies
  5. Small Paper Plate
  6. Aluminum Foil
First, make your frosting and place inside a Ziplock Bag.  Cut a small corner off the bag and use that end as the tip where you will have the frosting come out!  Set aside.

Next,  prepare your graham crackers as the picture indicates below (Tip: when you cut your crackers to make the house peaks use your knife like a saw) Set aside.


Now, construct the base of the house using a small plate covered in aluminum foil (Tip: Use a sturdy/thick paper plate.)

Using your icing as the "glue" glue down your first graham cracker

Add two sides (Tip: do not allow them to dry completely because you want the pieces to give a little so everything can come together, remember it will not be perfect!)

Add the two peaks (see tip above)

Add the roof (again it will not be a perfect match just try your best!)

We added a small door!

The three houses before they were decorated. Allow them to have enough time to dry.  I thought they were just as beautiful before they were decorated so you may want to stop here or just add a few details.


BUT, it's more fun to gob on the candy!!  PARTY TIME!!

Finished Products...


And gingerbread houses plus lots of candy= happy kids!


Merry Christmas!























2 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing your Gingerbread houses!

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  2. Love it, Jess! I'm going to share on facebook so people can see what Christmas fun we've been up to =)

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