Merry Christmas everyone!
Are you ready for THE BIG DAY? Have any last minute shopping to do? Got all those gifts wrapped and under the tree? Ya, me neither!
I’ve been busy doing Christmas activities with my kids and enjoying their time at home with me.
Today I wanted to pop in real quick and show you an inexpensive, easy activity to do with your kids while they are out of school for Christmas break.
I’m always looking for fun things to do when my son has friends over that don’t cost a lot of money or take up too much time to prep for. This is one of my favorite things to do with kids over the holidays…
DIY Gingerbread Houses
Before I share this tutorial with you, I have to preface by saying I adopted this idea from the last school where I taught Prek4. The teachers there showed me how to create Haunted Houses for Halloween out of milk cartons and graham crackers to decorate at our classroom Halloween parties. After having kids of my own, I figured, why not turn them into little gingerbread houses to decorate for Christmas?! So that’s what we’ve been doing for 2 years and it’s one of our most favorite holiday traditions! Here is my very basic tutorial…
**Sidenote- someone on Instagram DM’ed me and said that they use ice-cream cones turned upside down as a Christmas tree and pretzels for the windows. So you may want to add these to your supply list!
Actually I missed a step in these pictures…
Before moving to step #5, use the spray icing to fill in the cracks between the graham crackers. I usually let the kids pick what color icing they want for their personal gingerbread house (red, white, or green) . You will want to cover all of the surface area left where you can see the milk carton. The more icing the better!! Don’t forget to draw a sidewalk with icing too! Once your gingerbread house is looking nice and yummy….
And that’s it!!! After putting the icing on the houses, I usually let each kid go to town with candy, encouraging them to decorate their houses however they want! I give each child a little ramekin bowl of m&m’s, dots, and peppermints so they don’t have anything to fight over.
Would you just look at how cute they turn out!?! This is by far one of my most favorite Christmas traditions that I hope to continue until I have grandchildren of my own! Each year I plan to add new candies and design options to the houses.
I hope I’ve given you a fun, inexpensive activity to do with your kids over the break! If so, send me pictures of your gingerbread houses!