We tried a kit for a real gingerbread house a few years ago but it was really complicated and you couldn't eat it. So, we went back to simple and edible graham crackers.
To make your own graham cracker gingerbread house you will need:
- graham crackers
- assorted candy decorations (we used gum drops)
- white frosting or make your own "cement" icing*
First, break your graham crackers in half so that they are almost squares.
Next lay one graham cracker on a paper plate.
Then frosting/icing on three edges of a second graham cracker. Position 2nd cracker against the 1st. Repeat for three other sides.
Finally, smear 6th graham cracker with frosting/icing and position on top.
Use the frosting/icing to "glue" on candy decorations.
I've learned a few lessons from our graham cracker gingerbread houses.
1. When using "cement" icing let it sit for about 5 minutes after mixing. It needs time to thicken up and get sticky. Otherwise your house will fall down.
2. "Cement" icing is way too much trouble. It's good for older kids who don't want to eat their gingerbread houses. My kids want to eat it!
3. No matter what you do this is a messy craft with lots of finger licking. Have a wet washcloth handy for clean up.
4. One (or all) of the houses will probably fall down. Help your child laugh about it and then fix it.
I hope your children enjoy making graham cracker gingerbread houses as much as mine did!
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* Cement icing recipe from Angelina Ballerina's Christmas Crafts: 1 egg white, 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar, 1 cup powdered sugar, food coloring.
Beat egg white with cream of tartar till peaks form. Add powdered sugar and beat 5 minutes with electric mixer. Add food coloring if desired.