We had a lot of fun with fall and Halloween this year. There were these fun Halloween sensory buckets and this adorable handprint craft. I received lots of love on the handprint craft and we’re working on a new one for the Christmas holiday. Check back for that soon! I also shared this Family Friendly Fall Bucket List. It is available to print in my FREE printables library. Subscribe to gain access HERE.
I can’t believe that we’re already nearing the end of November. You know what that means? Christmas is coming! We’ve been gearing up for the holiday season with some shopping (Check out the Holiday Gift Guides HERE), planning for our traditions, and crafting, of course!
Our niece, Maci, and Piper (with Daddy’s help) each got to decorate a gingerbread house. Aren’t they great? I think they turned out great! They make a wonderful centerpiece or focal point on a countertop. Having them displayed also gives the kiddos who created them such a sense of pride.
Inspired by That Mommy Blog’s Easy Gingerbread House
Make a Graham Cracker Gingerbread House
Royal Icing (I used THIS recipe)
Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Red Hots
- Spice Drops
- Gum Drops
- An adult should use the hot glue to put the graham crackers together. Check out THIS tutorial for steps to putting them together. I did ours like this but made them a little bigger. Instead of only using one square for the sides, I used two. It gave the kiddos more space for decorating. Once the house is put together, glue it to the plate so the decorators don’t have to worry about it moving.
- While the glue hardens on the houses, make the icing that will act as the “glue” for the candies to be stuck on. You can definitely get the kiddos involved in making the icing. It was a pretty quick process.
- Fill icing bags or a plastic bag with the icing and snip a tiny hole in the corner.
- Put the candy in bowls and put in a place that kiddos can reach.
- Show the decorators how to use the “glue”
- Let the kiddos go crazy!
- When they are finished, leave the houses to dry.
- Display with your Christmas decor and see the big, proud smiles!
Piper really enjoyed eating the supplies over sticking them on, but she did help every now and then. Maci really enjoyed the activity. I definitely think this is a good activity for preschoolers on up. I think kiddos younger than that are more interested in eating than decorating. We have both gingerbread houses displayed on our kitchen table at the moment. I just think they are super cute additions to the holiday season.
More Kid-Made Christmas Decorations!
If you are looking for more kid-made Christmas decorations, check out A Month of Kid-Made Christmas Decorations, a series hosted by Jen Walshaw. She is the blogger behind The Mad House. I am thrilled to be a part of this series. Jen, with the help of many other wonderful bloggers, has provided a one-stop shop for great Christmas decoration ideas! Make sure you check them all out! Be sure to check out THIS easy felt snowman decoration. I’m going to see if my niece and I can work on it!
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