When you think of Gingerbread Houses, what do you think of?
Me? I go back and forth between the really fancy “could-never-do-it-myself” type of the national competitions and the “made-it-myself” style of children.
We create gingerbread houses each year. Sometimes they are made of graham crackers instead of gingerbread, but they are fun to decorate regardless. This year, we have already made gingerbread houses twice!
The first time was at the gingerbread storytime at the library. Mrs. Vivian brought all the makings for a Hansel-and-Gretel style candy house with graham crackers as the base. The girls loved them and it was fun to create with stuff.
The second time was a part of our Christmas study from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. In the architecture section, there is a neat study of gingerbread houses. There were a number of videos linked that we watched. (We also searched out some additional ones because we were having so much fun watching videos about people making gingerbread houses.) The study also had some links for recipes for gingerbread and ideas for candies and decorating. We had a ton of fun.
We followed up those videos and sites by making the gingerbread for the houses. We used the recipe from The Pampered Chef. We had originally planned to use a mold for the pieces of the house but the girls wanted to cut their own pieces out. So, we made some patterns and they cut their pieces. We baked them and let them cool.
Then we made some icing, also known as mortar when you are creating edible houses! After that, the girls went to work decorating.
The final products were beautiful. Each in their own way.
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