We had a few friends over this weekend to make gingerbread houses and it was the most successful play date we’ve had to date. The girls were 2.5, 3.5, 4, and 7 and this activity was perfect for all of their attention spans. The houses wound up being graham cracker A-frames, rather than gingerbread (because the idea of baking enough pieces to make four houses was entirely not appealing), but we all loved how they turned out.
Here’s what we used:
Houses: graham crackers and hot glue. Each girl got an ice cream cone tree to decorate (or eat, in Linden’s case). You will need about one package of graham crackers per house, though get extra since some will break as you work.
Icing: this recipe or this one (if you can find meringue powder). I made a double recipe, divided it by four, and put each portion into a quart-size zip top bag. We snipped off one corner and the girls each piped icing onto their house.
Toppings: pretzel sticks, Cherrios, banana chips, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, natural marshmallows.
I definitely recommend assembling the houses ahead of time and letting the kids focus on the decorating because that’s really the fun part. I choose natural toppings because I knew that they’d eat as they worked and I wanted to at least limit some of the sugar intake. The icing may have defeated that purpose, but in the end, the monotone palette of these turned out to be super sweet and modern!